Organised by the Circular Economy and Climate Change Institute of the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO), the Circle the Med event focused this year on how the new global and EU priorities can be promoted and implemented across the Mediterranean and how it can be transformed into a Circular economy area.
The 5-day forum was divided into 6 pillars : sustainable tourism, cultural heritage, green growth, smart cities, renewable energy and blue economy.
Replays of all sessions, main and side events, are now available on their website (https://circlethemed.com/). Only an email address is required to access them.
It was a very prolific event for a number of Interreg MED projects, namely:
• We heard from the SMEs and companies participating in the Green Growth community and the RE-LIVE WASTE, PEFMED, ARISTOIL, ESMARTCITY, GREENOMED and EMBRACE modular projects as part of the Green Growth Business Forum which took place on November 10.
• A similar Business Forum was held involving the BlUE DEAL partners for the first session and Blue Growth for the third one on financing mechanisms. The coordinator of the latter was also included as a speaker to the "Transition towards a Blue Economy" debate.
• One of PRISMI's project partners, the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and savings (CRES), participated in a Day 2 roundtable.
• The Green Growth community and MED Greenhouses were represented in the "Accelerating Green Growth in the greater Mediterranean Area" session.
• MedCities, lead partner of the Urban Transports community, was also part of "The transition of the Mediterranean cities towards sustainable and smart mobility" session which started Day 4.
On the last day, the Interreg MED Joint Secretariat presented the draft strategy for the 2021-2027 programming period and the opportunities for cooperation and governance in the Mediterranean.