Programs in Progress

ALTER ECO: Alternative tourist strategies to enhance the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity.

The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism. As a consequence, areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture. In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders. The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory. Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies to create new business opportunities. ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision-making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism.

Duration: 1/11/2016 - 30/04/2019

Total Budget: 2.293.630,00 €

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund






ARISTOIL: Reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control methodologies related to olive oil health protecting properties

The Mediterranean region is the main place around the world for production of olive oil. 95% of the world's olive oil is produced in the Mediterranean and mainly in Greece, Peloponnese which produces 65% of Greek olive oil, Italian regions of Sicily, Calabria and Puglia and Andalusia in Spain, the biggest olive growing area on the planet. The main common challenge for all participating countries in the project is that the average price of olive oil is low in comparison to the production cost and moreover there is a strong competition with the non-Mediterranean seed oil sector. The producers in the Mediterranean are pressed either to reduce the cost of production or to increase the value or the demand for olive oil in the international market in order to maintain the viability and sustainability of the olive tree cultivation and the olive oil production. The main objective of ARISTOIL is the reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control methodologies leading to olive oil with enhanced health protecting properties (as recognized by EU 432/2012 regulation). The development of a Mediterranean Cluster for olive oil producers and businesses combined with specialised training, development of innovative methods for identifying the phenolic ingredients of the oil as well as oil producers' support by special product certification is the mixture which will lead to the project's objective.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Reinforcement of production of innovative olive oil product
  • Training 3230 olive producers and millers
  • Awareness raising for consumers
  • Development of standardized producer for olive “Health Claim Certification”
  • Development of an Olive Oil cluster of key sectors

Duration: 1/11/2016 - 31/10/2019

Total budget: 2.008,200€

ERDF Contribution (85%): 1.706,970€

ANETEL TOTAL BUDGET = 149,000.00 €

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund


MITOMED+: Models of Integrated Tourism in the MEDiterranean Plus

MITOMED+ is multi-module project combining Testing and Capitalization (M2+M3). It is a follow up of the previous MITOMED project (MED Maritime), which has been working to promote the integrated management of M&C tourism by improving the knowledge of data, products, services through a set of indicators based on the NECSTouR model. MITOMED+ takes farther these results aiming to improve the coordination of strategies between territories at transnational level regarding the development of the M&C tourism through cooperation and joint planning between regions. The main objective of the project deals with the enhancement of sustainability and responsibility in M&C tourism, by improving local and regional strategies and policy actions and coordinating them at a wider MED transnational level. To achieve this objective, the project intends to increase knowledge and social dialogue regarding the development of a sustainable and responsible M&C tourism in each partner region for better decision-making, improve M&C tourism planning at destination level and its coordination for a transnational governance, mainstream its results into local, regional and national policies and set up a MED M&C tourism management model. The project brings together a right mix of regional authorities and their networks, associations of local authorities, territorial development agencies, higher education institution and research centers, having the appropriate competences and expertise in M&C tourism.

Duration: 1/02/2017 - 31/01/2020

Total Budget: 2.650.000,00 €

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund


SIROCCO: Sustainable Inter-Regional Coastal & Cruise maritime tourism though Cooperation and joint planning

SIROCCO aims to enhance the sustainability of cruise maritime/coastal tourism in the MED Area. The project is focusing on cruise, being a very important component of the whole Mediterranean maritime & coastal tourism sector, as it is characterised by strong economic growth, high value-adding potential for the local communities and significant challenges in conserving the Mediterranean natural and cultural heritage. Increasing the level of sustainability of cruise tourism will have a direct positive impact on the sustainability of coastal tourism as a whole in the Mediterranean.

SIROCCO's 'Sustainable Cruise Value Chain Action Plans' and ' Sustainable Cruise Tourism Joint Action Plan' will incorporate operational solutions for reducing the negative impacts of cruise maritime/coastal tourism in the MED. These solutions will be based on the outcomes of studying five real-life cruise value chains in different Mediterranean countries and will be migrated to the MED level.

SIROCCO, through its 'Regional and Interregional Policy Integration' will enhance and integrate cruise maritime/coastal tourism development into the wider strategies of five MED regions and identify ways for coordinating regional strategies. Moreover, through its 'Sustainable Cruise Maritime/Coastal Tourism Certification System' it is also expected to have a positive impact on 'Sustainable Tourism Public Policy' and 'Sustainable Tourism Management '.

Duration: 1/11/2016 - 31/06/2018

Total Budget: 600.000,00 €

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund


ROAD-CSR: A Roadmap for Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into EU Member States and Business Practices.


Competitiveness of SMEs is high in the agenda of the European Commission (EC). Due to economic crisis there is a widespread expectation that businesses should be more accountable to the society. The EC issued the Directive 2014/95/EU, where companies concerned are required to disclose in their management report, information on policies, risks and outcomes as regards environmental, social and employee aspects, respect for human rights, anticorruption and bribery issues, and diversity in their board of directors; In other words, to integrate in their business models the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) principles. Although, the new directive applies only to a limited number of large EU companies it leaves out the Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are the predominant form of enterprise in EU and a key to achieving the goals of growth and jobs strategy. Studies have shown that CSR is viewed as a vital concept that businesses of all types and size need to understand and address. Also, there is a positive relationship between SMEs and CSR and their competitiveness. Our common challenge is to help member states to apply the new directive and new measures in their Operational Programmes in order SMEs to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.

The overall objective of the project is to help EU member states to apply CSR as a holistic management approach to SMEs. In this way, SMEs will increase their competitiveness. The main outputs of the project will help countries involved in the project to exchange experience, best practices and create a road map for integrating CSR into national and regional legislations and Programmes and as well to create national/regional actions plans. Moreover, an important output of the project will be the policy recommendations for the revision of the Directive 2014/95/EU in order to create precedents for future policy developments on CSR and corporate accountability not only for large companies but as well for SMEs.

Duration: 1/10/2017 - 31/12/2020

Total Budget: 1.161.255,00€

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund


FINMED: Boosting the financing of innovation for green growth sectors through innovative clusters services in the MED area

Fostering economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which prosperity relies, is no more a choice but an imperative for the economic and social future wellbeing of people. Although green transition will not take off without financing and assure the financing of innovation in green sectors has become a common concern for all MED countries and regions. To answer this challenge, a pool of regions, clusters, business support organisations, knowledge providers and development agencies joined in the finMED project, whose aim is to boost the financing of innovation in green growth sectors through improved delivery of policies and strategies and the introduction of innovative cluster services.

The project delivers concrete outputs and results in three fields:

1- Public policies delivery, by developing and adopting new concepts, principle and practices to finance green growth strategies;

2- Innovation and business environment, by improving interaction and collaboration (at regional and transnational level) among involved stakeholders and bridging the gap among enterprises and financers;

3- Green sectors capacities, by stimulating and actively supporting their adaptability to the most impellent financing challenges.

FINEMD also develops a proper specific position on the future of green sectors innovation financing, supporting the policy debate for 2021-2028 programming period in MED and EU area.

Duration: 1/02/2018 - 31/01/2022

Total Budget: 4.300.740,36 €

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund



INHERIT: Sustainable Tourism Strategies to Conserve and Valorise the Mediterranean Coastal and Maritime Heritage.

INHERIT is an integrated project with 15 partners from all 10 MED countries aiming to conserve and valorise natural heritage in MED coastal and maritime tourist destinations. The project will test and deploy a new approach adapted to MED

specificities protecting natural heritage from the adverse effects of intensive tourism. INHERIT will promote sustainable tourism alleviating seasonality and tackling the surpassing of the hosting capacity, by designing and implementing a “bottom-up” protection approach relying on self-regulation and monitoring by local society and tourism stakeholders.

The INHERIT protection approach will involve all the key stakeholders (at MED, national, regional and local level) in its studying, testing and capitalisation activities, to deliver:

- A MED-wide policy strategy and protection measures addressing the negative effects of intensive tourism flows.

- MED INHERITURA sites, i.e. designated areas in which human activities coexist with substantial natural heritage,

subscribing to the INHERIT protection approach and acting as models, to scale up and out the approach to other MED areas.

- A network and management mechanism of the INHERITURA sites, that will assume the sustainability and the scaling up after project completion.

- Thematic tourism routes (e.g. remote islands, prehistoric sites) will be pilot-integrated in the INHERITURA areas using the improved protection as an asset to increase tourism attractiveness in a sustainable way.

Duration: 1/02/2018 - 31/01/2022

Total Budget: 5.612.660,00 €

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund



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