CES-MED is a programme financed by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). ENPI was operational from January 2007, and its programming phase ended in January 2014, when it was replaced by the European Neigbourhood Instrument (ENI).

Cities in the Southern Mediterranean region face similar challenges related to urban development, energy supply, and environmental management.

Our project's goal is to promote urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries.

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New financing opportunities: the EU-funded ‘ENI CBC MED Programme’ launches the 1st call for standard Projects

The first call for the financing of standard projects, which addresses the 11 Programme Priorities, is open until 9 November 2017. The budget available is €84.6 million. 
The eligible countries in this programme are: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

9 more months to go for CES-MED! The “Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities” (CES-MED) project has been granted a second extension

The European Commission has granted CES-MED a second project extension, for a duration of nine months, as of July 2017. Our team of experts will thus continue delivering technical assistance to national and local authorities, cities and municipalities in eight countries until April 2018. 

Rachid Enassiri : CES-MED poetic voice in Morocco

The winner in the Environmental Poetry competition in the framework of the COP22 organised by Human Dynamics, Rachid Enassiri is one of the 16 young leaders selected by the European Commission this year to attend the European Development Days - Young Leader Programme. Recently, he has received the award of the “Outstanding Young Person in Morocco in the category of Environmental and Moral Leadership”.  

Urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries

Today, about 460 million people live in countries in the Mediterranean region. Of these, two-thirds live in urban areas concentrated in coastal zones. The southern Mediterranean countries account for over 30% of the region’s population and this percentage is continuously increasing. Most cities in the southern Mediterranean region face similar challenges related to urban development, energy supply, and environmental management, particularly with regards to water and waste management. Needs in areas of urban management are particularly significant: e.g. transport systems, water and waste infrastructure, clean energy and energy saving.

Hence, over the coming years, needs related to urban development and sustainable energy are expected to increase sharply in view of growing population and limited sustainable planning and management capacities.

CES-MED in brief

  • Project Kick-Off January 2013
    The CES-MED project started with a 36 month duration and regional offices in Rabat and Beirut started to operate to support project implementation in Maghreb and Mashreq.
  • Project extension December 2015
    After the original project duration, the CES-MED project received an 18 month extension period.
  • 2nd Project extension July 2017
    Second project extension from 54 to 63 months.
    9 more months to go for CES-MED up till April 2O18!
  • Project completion April 2018
    The CES-MED project will finish on April 2018, after having benefited selected Local Authorities in the eight Countries covered by the ENPI South region: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.