The Fifth World Forum on the Shoah in Jerusalem

  • 30 January 2020

About forty heads of state and government, including the presidents of France, Macron, Italy, Mattarella, and Russia, Putin, met today in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020 to participate in the Fifth World Forum on the Shoah, entitled “Remembering the Holocaust: fighting anti-Semitism”, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which took place on January 27, 1945 by the Red Army. Also present in Jerusalem was the Prince of Wales, Charles.

The Forum organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, in cooperation with the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, is the most significant event held in Israel after the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

The aim of the initiative is to promote concrete policies in the various States for the fight against anti-Semitism, in respect of the memory of the millions of Jews exterminated by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Rijeka and Galway European Capitals of Culture 2020

  • 30 January 2020

The European Capitals of Culture initiative, born in 1985, celebrates 35 years in 2020.

From 1 January 2020, the title of European Capital of Culture will be held for one year by Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland).

The “European Capital of Culture” initiative is an opportunity to highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, celebrate the cultural characteristics shared by all Europeans, increase the sense of belonging of European citizens to a common cultural space and promote the contribution of culture to the development of cities.

Cities that hold the title of European Capital of Culture have the opportunity to improve their image, become more visible, promote sustainable tourism and rethink their development through culture. The title has a lasting impact, not only from a cultural point of view, but also in social and economic terms.

First edition of the OSCE GEMS Award

  • 13 December 2018

Six young entrepreneurs from Mediterranean countries were the winners of the 1st edition of the OSCE GEMS Award 2017 for young “green entrepreneurs”.

The winners, men and women under 35, were selected from 240 applications, 30% of which were presented by women entrepreneurs.

The OSCE GEMS Award was held in Vienna on April 26, 2018. Lina Al-Kurdi from Jordan, Leila Rima Boussada from Algeria, Othmane Benhlima from Morocco, Ati Nisaf from Tunisia, Yakir Tadmor from Israel and Yara Yassin from Egypt, were awarded for their innovative business ideas aimed at achieving environmental impact pursuing at the same time social objectives. Each winner received a grant of € 15,000.
Grants can be used for the adoption of new technologies, processes or production methods, introduced to build and develop socially and environmentally sustainable businesses.

Incentives for European Clusters

  • 30 April 2017

The European Commission, in the framework of the European Small and Medium Enterprises Program (COSME), has published the Bando Cluster Go International with the aim of promoting the internationalization of business and business cluster clusters

All legal entities gathered in a consortium that represent a cluster or network of registered companies, or are about to register on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), may participate.
Applicant firms must be established in the EU Member States or in the countries that are part of the COSME (Art.6).

The initiative is divided into two phases. The first phase supports actions for setting up and setting up new European clusters of strategic clusters. The second phase supports the first implementation, testing and further development of new European clusters of strategic clusters.
The financial envelope is € 5.79 million, and a grant of 75% of the eligible expenditure is envisaged.

Applications must be submitted by 23 May 2017.

For more information, please visit the following notice:

Initiative in support of Blue Economy in Med

  • 19 April 2017

The European Commission on 19 April 2017 launched a new initiative for the development of Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean region, which includes hubs such as Barcelona, ​​Marseille, Naples and Tunis. The initiative, explains a statement by the Commission, will increase maritime safety, promote the growth of Blue Economy and job creation, and preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity. Blue Economy is born from the classic concept of sustainable development, but goes further, developing towards four specific guidelines of sustainability: economic, social, environmental and cultural.

“The new regional initiative – explains EU Enlargement Commissioner and Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn – recognizes and draws on the economic potential of the Mediterranean Sea and its coasts to further boost economic growth in order to help create Work and stabilize the region. ” It is also, Hahn explains, “of an important step towards closer coordination and cooperation between the participating countries.” As a result of years of dialogue between five EU countries on the north coast of the Mediterranean (Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Malta) and five of the southern shores (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia), Covers coastal guard activities, accident response and oil spill, environmental conservation, biotechnology, data sharing and tourism. Three stated objectives: a safer maritime space, an intelligent and durable blue economy, improved maritime governanceLa Commissione europea ha lanciato il 19 aprile 2017 una nuova iniziativa per lo sviluppo della Blue Economy nella regione del Mediterraneo occidentale, che comprende hub economici come Barcellona, Marsiglia, Napoli e Tunisi. L’iniziativa, spiega un comunicato della Commissione, permetterà di aumentare la sicurezza marittima, promuovere la crescita della Blue Economy e la creazione di posti di lavoro, oltre a preservare l’ecosistema e la biodiversità. La Blue Economy nasce dal classico concetto di sviluppo sostenibile, ma va oltre, sviluppandosi verso quattro specifiche direttrici di sostenibilità: economica, sociale, ambientale e culturale.

“La nuova iniziativa regionale – spiega il Commissario Ue per l’Allargamento e la Politica di vicinato, Johannes Hahn – riconosce e attinge dal potenziale economico del Mar Mediterraneo e delle sue coste per potenziare ulteriormente la crescita economica, per contribuire alla creazione di posti di lavoro e per stabilizzare la regione”. Si tratta anche, spiega Hahn, “di un importante passo verso una più stretta coordinazione e cooperazione tra i paesi che vi partecipano”. Frutto di anni di dialogo tra cinque paesi Ue della sponda nord del Mediterraneo (Italia, Francia, Portogallo, Spagna, Malta) e cinque della sponda sud (Algeria, Libia, Mauritania, Marocco, Tunisia), l’iniziativa prevede la cooperazione per quanto riguarda le attività di guardia costiera, nella risposta agli incidenti e la fuoriuscita di petrolio, la conservazione dell’ambiente, la biotecnologia, la condivisione dei dati e il turismo. Tre gli obiettivi dichiarati: uno spazio marittimo più sicuro, un’economia blu intelligente e durevole, il miglioramento della governance marittima.La Commission européenne a lancé le le 19 Avril 2017 une nouvelle initiative pour le développement de l’économie bleue dans la région méditerranéenne occidentale, qui comprend des pôles économiques comme Barcelone, Marseille, Naples et Tunis. L’initiative, a indiqué un communiqué de la Commission, renforcera la sécurité maritime, promouvoir la croissance de l’économie bleue et la création d’emplois, en plus de préserver l’écosystème et de la biodiversité. L’économie bleue est née du concept classique du développement durable, mais va plus loin, vers le développement de quatre lignes de durabilité spécifiques: économique, social, environnemental et culturel.

«La nouvelle initiative régionale – a déclaré le commissaire européen à l’élargissement et la politique européenne de voisinage, Johannes Hahn – reconnaît et tire du potentiel économique de la mer Méditerranée et ses côtes pour améliorer encore la croissance économique, ce qui contribue à la création et travailler pour stabiliser la région ». Il est également, dit Hahn, « une étape importante vers une coordination plus étroite et la coopération entre les pays qui y participent.» Le résultat de cinq années de dialogue entre les partenaires de l’UE sur la rive nord de la Méditerranée (Italie, France, Portugal, Espagne, Malte) et cinq sud de la Méditerranée (Algérie, Libye, Mauritanie, Maroc, Tunisie), l’initiative prévoit une coopération en préoccupations garde-côtes, les opérations réponse aux incidents et déversements d’hydrocarbures, préservation de l’environnement, la biotechnologie, le partage des données et du tourisme. Trois objectifs: d’un espace maritime plus sûr, un bleu intelligent et durable, l’amélioration de la gouvernance maritime.