Macro-regional approach

Macro-regional approach is an integrated framework relating to Member States and third countries in the same geographical area. It aims to address common challenges, while benefitting from strengthened cooperation for economic, social and territorial cohesion. It is based on :

  • a regional sense of identity
  • a wish for common strategic planning
  • a willingness to pool resources


Tags : Sea basin strategy, Macro-regional strategy

Macro-regional strategy

A macro-regional strategy is an integrated framework endorsed by the European Council, which may be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds among others, to address common challenges faced by a defined geographical area relating to Member States and third countries located in the same geographical area. In this framework they benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

Tags : Macro-regional approach, Sea basin strategy


Also called "transfer process", it is the process of integrating new knowledge and good practices into regional, national or european policy-making levels.

Managing Authority (MA)

The MA is responsible for managing and implementing the operational programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management. It is the entity that signs the subsidy contracts with the Lead partners. The MA support the work of the Monitoring Committee and the transmission of the information it requires to carry out its tasks, in particular data relating to the progress of the cooperation programme in achieving its objectives, financial data and data relating to indicators and milestones. The Med Programme’s Member States have designated as Managing Authority (MA) the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region (France).



A map is a technical cartography – charts of risks, vulnerabilities, etc – available under open source and easily reoperable format.

Tags : Deliverable

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

According to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) MSP is understood as a promising way to achieve simultaneously social, economic, and ecological objectives by means of a more rational and scientifically-based organisation of the use of the ocean space.


Tags : Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)

Maritime tourism

Maritime tourism covers water-based activities (eg : boating, yachting, cruising, nautical sports) and includes operations of landside facilities (chartering, manufacturing of equipment and services).


Tags : Coastal tourism, Responsible tourism

Marketing innovation

This refers to a new marketing method involving significant changes in product design or packaging, product placement, product promotion or pricing.

Tags : Product innovation, Organisational innovation

MED Area

Tags : Cooperation area

MED Library

The MED Library gathers the deliverables produced by MED projects (studies, databases, articles, podcasts, videos…) so that they can be easily accessed by end users.


A meeting is an event usually targeted at a very specific and limited public.

Tags : Deliverable


A method introduces questions to reflect on, information to be collected, operations to be carried out to achieve a goal. As type of deliverable, a method includes :

  • guidelines
  • methodologies
  • plans, strategies
  • models
  • guidance
  • ...
Tags : Deliverable

Modular project

This concept refers to all thematic module-based projects from the Axes 1, 2 and 3. A project can be composed by one or several modules depending on its strategy and main objectives, expected results, competences and experience of the partnership. Each one of the possible configurations (single-module or multi-module) is called a type of project.


Tags : Module, Horizontal project


A module is a complete cycle of a project, with a partnership, a budget, concrete objectives, outputs and expected results to be implemented in a defined period. There are three types of modules :

  • M1 : Studying
  • M2 : Testing
  • M3 : Capitalising


Tags : Modular project

Monitoring Committee (MC)

The Monitoring Committee is in charge of the efficient and qualitative implementation of the Cooperation Programme and progress made towards achieving its objectives. It is responsible for the final validation of the list of the projects selected by the Steering Committee (under art. 12 of ECT regulation) and the selection and modification of the projects of axis 4 and 5. The Monitoring Committee is set up by Member States. Decisions are taken on a consensus basis expressed by each national delegation with one vote allocated per participating country. If necessary, decisions can be made following a written procedure (also on a consensus basis) within the participating States.



The multi-module types of projects are justified by a medium-term vision, with a project proposal combining different objectives and results and the need for a multiple skills partnership.

Tags : Module, Single-module, Modular project

Multimodal transport

Multimodal transport is understood as the carriage of persons or goods by at least two different modes of transport. Environmentally friendly transport solutions are those allowing a significant reduction of emissions of CO2, NOx as well as of noise.

Tags : Low carbon transport