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First time ever all Interreg MED Governance gets together in the same room to deal with issues of common concern!

The PANORAMED working session and gathering with strategic projects took place on 19 February at the premises of the Ministry of Finance in Madrid (Spain). It was a unique opportunity to meet with partners, Horizontal projects and Strategic projects representatives all together to deal with issues of common concern for the whole Interreg MED community. 

The morning session began with an introduction on the PANORAMED Dialogues that will take place in Athens, during two days, on the third week of October 2020. The event will bring together a select group of specialists and moderators proposed by PANORAMED partners to generate innovative opinions and constructive criticism on improving governance in the Mediterranean. The purpose is to include new voices in the debate or ideas out of the box, and to enlarge the discussion on governance in the Mediterranean beyond the public administration. An independent high-level Italian institution will be in charge of drafting a document with the outcome of the discussions. The results of these Dialogues will feed into the final paper on improving multi-level governance in the Mediterranean.

Afterwards, representatives of the Work Packages on Coastal and Maritime Tourism, Maritime Surveillance and Innovation provided an overview of their policy recommendations, state of play and draft documents: 

  • Regarding Coastal and Maritime Tourism, a Key Policy Paper is being drafted, two task force meetings have taken place in Athens and Zagreb, and it is expected that by March 2020 the reviews and final version of the KPP will be completed. Speakers stressed that recommendations should be applicable, usable and measurable, leading to long-term impacts.
  • As for Maritime Surveillance, the case was made for the promotion of a voluntary and decentralised framework for multilevel maritime surveillance, and to bring added value and complementarity to existing maritime data systems, services and sharing processes.
  • Lastly, Innovation focused on the governance of innovation policies in the MED area, asking how Interreg MED could be improved so that it serves as a driver to improve the contribution of R&I EU funds to the Sustainable Development Goals.

At the end, participants were split into working groups for each of the Work Packages mentioned to discuss in further detail.

The afternoon session was dedicated to explaining the content of each Strategic Project and introducing the discussion points for the following day’s session.