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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The “Beirut Bike Sharing System” event was launched in the capital of Lebanon to cut down traffic and pollution.

On Sunday 30 of April 2017, thousands of bicycles took part in a cycling tour, organised by the Municipality of Beirut, to mark the start a self-service bikes in the city. 
 
The launch of the event took place under the patronage and presence of Mr. Saad Hariri Prime Minister of Lebanon. Mr. Hairiri participated in the bike ride and pledged to organise car-free days to prioritise cycling in the city. 
 

The city of Agadir hosted the Seventh Project Steering Committee meeting for CES-MED

 
CES MED held its seventh Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) on February 21- 22, 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, bringing together representatives of the European Commission, the National Focal Points of the eight beneficiary countries, eight mayors, and many other project stakeholders.
 

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.
  • Project completion
    July 2017
    The CES-MED project will finish on July 2017, after having benefited selected Local Authorities in the ten Countries covered by the ENPI South region: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.