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Interreg NEXT MED thematic strategy is structured around 4 broad priorities and 9 specific objectives, selected by the representatives of the participating countries based on the set of policy objectives contained in the EU Common Provisions Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 laying down common provisions) and following a consultation process involving national authorities, key stakeholders and regional actors.

The below priorities and specific objectives identified for Interreg NEXT MED have the ambition to reflect the shared challenges of the cooperation area.

Priority 1 – A more competitive and smarter Mediterranean by:

– Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
– Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments

A total of €66.6 million is allocated to Priority 1, corresponding to 29% of the Programme budget.

Priority 2 – A greener, low-carbon and resilient Mediterranean by:

– Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
– Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account eco-system based approaches
– Promoting access to water and sustainable water management
– Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

A total of €96.9 million is allocated to Priority 2, corresponding to 42% of the Programme budget.

Priority 3 – A more social and inclusive Mediterranean by:

– Improving equal access to inclusive and quality services in education, training and lifelong learning through developing accessible infrastructure, including by fostering resilience for distance and on-line education and training
– Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family – and community-based care

A total of €48.8 million is allocated to Priority 3, corresponding to 21% of the Programme budget.

Priority 4 – A better cooperation governance for the Mediterranean by:

– Fostering local governance models and processes through cross-sectoral, multilevel and cross-border partnerships, encouraging the cooperation and dialogue between citizens, civil society actors and institutions in view of addressing issues of joint interest at local level through transnational exchanges, bottom-up and participatory approaches

A total of €17.7 million is allocated to the Interreg Specific Objective, corresponding to 8% of the Programme budget.

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