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.
 
The event opened with a welcoming address by Mr. El Lloubi, General Director of Agadir municipality, (representing the H.E. the Mayor of Agadir). He thanked CES-MED for its support and for holding the meeting in Agadir, a city that is aware of the importance of renewable energies and the need to apply new related planning and technological tools in the ambitious sustainable policy of the Commune.
 
Ms. Maya Aherdan, Director of the Department for Observation, Cooperation and Communication at the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MoEMWE) and CES-MED’s National Focal Point, emphasised the importance of the project’s actions and the meeting, noting its crucial timing, as steps are being taken to consolidate and move ahead with the National Energy Transition in Morocco.
 
 
Mr. Maxime La Tella, Programme Manager for Energy and Infrastructure, representing the Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Morocco noted the highly strategic importance of this PSC, which is in line with the objectives set at COP21. He complimented the Moroccan cities and other CES-MED cities for their commitment and achievements realized along the project’s actions.
 
He noted the importance of partnership with the EU, namely regarding Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency and that the delegation is looking forward to the cities’ advancement in those areas.
 
Mr. Benito Marin-Herrero, Programme Manager, EU DG Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), praised the presence of the various representatives in the meeting, stating that this is an opportunity to express opinions and share perceptions for continuity, highlighting the importance of the project in the way it mobilizes directly the cities.
 
He then pointed out to some European Union initiatives, commitments and priorities given to climate change such as promoting political dialogue, through the Union for Mediterranean (UFM) and the Covenant of Mayors (COM), providing technical assistance via bilateral and regional projects, and support to promote investments in partner countries. 
 
The CES-MED team gave several tailored presentations covering:  The Project Progress and work plans for the last period; Identifying funding opportunities; Applied methodology to change from SEAP to SECAP; Collaboration with the European Joint Research Centre (JRC); Gender equality within CES-MED; Applying Awareness actions and use of training tools; , in addition to an overview of the post COP22 actions and the development of SEAP/SECAP Support Mechanisms.
 
Along the presentations, and through two special debate sessions, participants engaged in a positive and dynamic discussions, expressing their future needs, the importance of sustaining the CES-MED actions, building of a momentum reached through of the SEAP/SECAP preparation actions and towards the tangible implementation of priority projects. 
 
On the second day, a tour of some of the city’s landmarks and municipal projects was organised by the municipality; including a tour of the rehabilitated former Bikarrane landfill (de-gassed, reforested and landscaped), the municipal camping ground with its selective waste sorting system, the site of the abandoned Casbah and its fortress, which is the oldest district of Agadir, destroyed during the 1960’s earthquake. 
 
At the end of a fruitful morning, the guests ended the tour with a sunny walk followed by lunch on Agadir's waterfront promenade.