A Euro-Mediterranean Professional Network, which brings together organisations from Italy, Portugal, Israel and the Palestinian Authority and engages them in interactive learning and exchange of expertise to foster local sustainable economic development, has been launched by the EU-funded project Promoting Local Sustainable Economic Development (Project Wealth).
The first three meetings of the network are dedicated to the potential contribution of creative industries (e.g. arts, music and audiovisual) to job and income creation for local communities. Project partners and local actors (public authorities, development agencies, and young entrepreneurs) are invited to share best practices and define policy recommendations for local economic development that will be featured in a final project publication.
Implemented over a period of 40 months under the Cross-Border Cooperation programme in the Mediterranean (CBCMed), "Project Wealth" intends to introduce new approaches to the promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories through alternative economic development practices. Its total budget is €1,943,512 of which €1,747,217 as ENPI grant (89.90%). "Project Wealth" is coordinated by the 'New Israel Fund – Shatil', an Israeli NGO. The partnership is made of organisations representing civil society, public administrations and the academic sector as follows:
- Lunaria (Italy, Lazio)
- University of Algarve - Algarve Regional Center for Innovation (Portugal, Algarve)
- Apuglia Region - Department for policies related to the promotion of territory, know-how and talents (Italy, Puglia)
- Shiraa Association for Development (Palestinian Authority)
The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries' regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
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