EU supports the revitalization of the Palestinian economy
The EU has provided a further €4.7 million to support the payment of the Palestinian Authority's arrears to the private sector, bringing its contribution to this programme to a total of over €24 million in 2008. Through the European mechanism PEGASE, the EU has therefore made a rapid injection of funds into the Palestinian economy, providing immediate financial relief to the private sector.
Syrian Minister of Industry holds discussions with Medibtikar programme team
Following a meeting with Dr. Fouad Eissa El Gouni, Syrian Minister of Industry, the Medibtikar team, announced its intention to carry out a range of activities in the country including a study on the infrastructure of innovation in Syria. Financed by the Regional Programme with €7.25 million, Medibtikar offers the Partner Countries new and improved instruments to stimulate innovation in private and public enterprises and encourages networking.
Four 'Arab Films Weeks” in October
Four film weeks will take place in October respectively in Fameck, France (8 – 19/10), Cork, Ireland (12 – 19/10), Beirut, Lebanon (17 – 26/10) and Barcelona, Spain (23 – 26/10). A selection of recent Arab MEDA films, features and documentaries will be presented. These are the final activities of Med-Screen project, an EU funded project which aims to promote the cinema of the 8 Arab countries in the MEDA region.
“Women at Work” in the Southern Mediterranean Region
Despite the significant strides made in the past decades in women’s education in the Southern Mediterranean region, women’s share in paid work and entrepreneurship still leaves much to be desired, according to the Role of Women in Economic Life (RWEL) EU-funded programme. The programme deals with the issue in its second thematic newsletter titled “Women at Work”. It examines the challenges facing women’s employment and micro-entrepreneurship in the region, through a diverse set of contributions and resources. RWEL aims at facilitating and expanding opportunities for women’s economic participation.
SMAP environment programme offers new information online
The EU-funded programme for the environment, SMAP, is providing new information online which includes up-to-the-minute environmental news as well as the SMAP Review, with dozens of new environment-related articles every month selected from newspapers and websites across the Mediterranean region. The information has also been enriched, with a focus on activities to promote Sustainable Development in policymaking. Finally, a whole new section, the SMAP LEARNING CENTRE, is available.
The SMAP Regional Programme was set up with the objectives of reversing the trend of environmental degradation and contributing to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region.
Euromed Heritage IV website launched
The new EU-funded Euromed Heritage IV Programme now has its website, in English, French and Arabic, with information on activities undertaken and its projects. The main objective of Euromed Heritage IV will be to facilitate the appropriation of cultural heritage by populations themselves and to favour the access to education and knowledge of cultural heritage. A budget of €13.5 million was allocated for this purpose.