Agadir Arlem special

Meeting ECOTER Committee of Arlem, 2nd July 2010, Bruxelles

The President of the Province of Palermo, Giovanni Avanti, the last 2nd July 2010 attended in Bruxelles, at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels to the first meeting of the Social Economic and Territorial Affairs Committee – ECOTER of ARLEM- the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly composed by 84 members equally representing the EU and Mediterranean partners (42 members for EU and 42 for Mediterranean partners) and set up as a consequence of the request of institutionalising the role of Regional and Local Authorities within the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

So ARLEM invests to this partnership a territorial dimension and aims at going into partnership more closely regional and local Authorities to projects of UE for the Mediterranean area.

ECOTER Committee has discussed about many aspects of the urban development and to compare problems raised by the different partners. Khalid Al-Hnaifat, mayor of Tafilah (Grande Tafilah) (JO),has leaded the debate within the Committee moderated by Ivan Jakovčić, President of Istria Region (HR) and by Luc Van den Brande, President of  CIVEX Commission of CoR (BE). Moreover, Julia Jordan, representative of the French Presidency of European Union for the Mediterranean , Mr. Jean-Luois Ville, representative of European Commission, DG Europeiad, M. Joseph  Mifsud, President of euro-mediterranean University ( EMUNI ), Mrs Najat Rochdi, UNDP Geneve Office, Deputy Director of Policy, Communication, Mrs Pascale Chabrillat, Caisse des Dépôts, Mrs Jackie Church, for European Investment Bank.

The President Avanti in his intervention has presented to the numerous EU and extra EU local representatives the GEMM network – Governance Empowerment Mediterranean Model- stressing the challenges in common with Arlem and launching so an important cooperation and dialogue process with many of the attending Local Authorities.

GEMM Network, established the last 11th of June in Agadir (Morocco), is part of a Project funded by the European MEDPACT Programme and it is composed by local entities from 8 countries of the Southern and Middle-Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. During the meeting Giovanni Avanti was nominated to head the Presidency of the Network together with the Mayor of the Municipality of Agadir, Tariq Kabbage.

GEMM Network has the objective to promote the cooperation between Italy and Mediterranean countries, from Turkey to Morocco into the fields of sustainable mobility, valorisation of cultural heritage for the purpose of sustainable tourism and economic recovery.

GEMM Final meeting

THE NEW ESTABLISHED GEMM NETWORK

The 11th of June, in Agadir, more than 70 delegates representing local entities from 8 countries of the Southern and Middle-Eastern shores of the Mediterranean formalised the Constitution of the GEMM Network (GEMM: Governance Empowerment Network Model), a network that is part of a Project funded by the European MEDPACT Programme.
The Network establishes cooperation between Italy and Mediterranean countries, from Turkey to Morocco, in the three topics of mobility-transport, sustainable tourism and promotion of tourist and cultural attractions, and the labour market.
The General Meeting, formally constituted by the numerous present delegations, nominated Giovanni Avanti, President of the Province of Palermo, to head the Presidency of the Network together with the Mayor of the Municipality of Agadir, Tariq Kabbage.
The Network will be an important tool for bringing together shared needs, interests and projects in the context of European neighbourhood programmes for cooperation and other financial instruments aimed at promoting the new Euro-Mediterranean policy.
The Network was also created with a Technical Secretariat composed, in its turn, by important cooperation networks between local entities. The latter include the TECLA Association, EUPOLIS (Observatory of Euro-Mediterranean Policies for Development and Local Innovation, an Association of Territorial Entities promoted by the Campania Region), the Latin Arch Association, the Adriatic Ionian Arch Association, and the Maghreb Association for Human Resources Development (AMDRH) with its headquarters in Tunis.

The GEMM Network represents the final outcome of the GEMM Project, started in 2006 and concluded last June in Agadir. The Project, proposed in the framework of the MEDA Programme (Mediterranean Economic Development Area), was aimed at creating a Mediterranean model of o governance empowerment model in the countries around the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

This initiative’s objective was to improve the local governance capability of the MEDA Municipalities involved in the Project and to encourage the North-South exchange of expertise in order to meet common challenges on a joint basis and to contribute to reciprocal knowledge between different cultures and societies but so closed and linked by centuries of shared history.
In relation to these concerns, feasibility studies and 3 pilot projects have been carried out in the MEDA territories aimed at the transfer of governance models from an Italian Province to its Partner from the southern shore of the Mediterranean. Each pilot project was concerning one of the up mentioned topics.
Besides the pilot projects, along the Project realization, a twinning process was set up.  This aimed to extend the process of GEMM Project affiliation to other local authorities in the MEDA area.

Since the beginning, the GEMM Project has boasted a wide partnership composed by Municipalities, Provinces and Local Body Associations from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey along the southern shores of the Mediterranean, and, from Italy, the Municipality of Sassuolo as Project leader, the TECLA Association and the Provinces of Cagliari, Potenza, Salerno and Syracuse. The Network was formally constituted through the signature of a Protocol drawn up in Italian, French and English. As well as explaining the aims of the Project and the GEMM Network, the document consists of 10 articles defining the advantages deriving from membership and identifying the bodies by which the Network is structured.

Joining the GEMM Network, the Technical Secretariat will provide its members with a cooperation platform offered by EUPOLIS Association.
Today, the Network has established with the perspective of developing relations of cooperation on the already mentioned topics and of extending the cooperation to other thematic areas. It represents a starting point aiming to provide, through a process of steady expansion, an important reference point for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
To conclude, the Network, a part from its individual members it is composed of, will give voice to the sum of the diverse experiences providing an opportunity for territorial development, support and collaboration in the process of cooperation required by the Union of the Mediterranean.

The GEMM network history

How the GEMM Network was born
by Evelina Fortunato, Azzam Boujemm and Ahmed Hamma, Aykut Oncel,  Fahad Zyoud

The term network commonly refers to an interconnected series of components, systems or entities. The GEMM Network [GEMM: Governance Empowerment Network Model] fulfils this definition: it brings together a multiplicity of local authorities in the Euro-Mediterranean area that are united by a common determination to develop and consolidate relations of cooperation in a perspective of future sustainability.

The idea behind GEMMA was always to set up a network of local authorities, and the work has passed through various stages. As a result of operations undertaken during the twinning process between the local authorities that initially joined up, it has been possible to involve other local authorities from outside the original partnership.
The twinning of local authorities was a measure introduced by the European Commission in 1998 with the objective of providing assistance to countries that were candidates for entry into the EU in the process of institution building, and to help them in the adjustment of their national administration to the Community acquis. In this context, the twinning process is a first step towards establishing linkages and identifying areas of concern, and provides a strategic contribution to the promotion of common interests. Twinning accords between municipalities are therefore incentivised by the European Union since they are instruments of cooperation between European regions and also between European regions and regions of the wider Mediterranean area. Twinning guarantees increased added value compared with more generalised kinds of cooperation, because it aims to produce visible results, establish links of permanent cooperation, and promote exchange in a wide variety of fields – social and cultural, economic, tourist related, commercial and scientific.
In this context, the commitment of the partners in the Project has made it possible for GEMM to act on two fronts: the creation over time of twinning accords has proceeded in step with the sharing of tools to make the twinning a success and of methods to extend the partnership still further.

This is why the GEMM Network can be seen as a logical outcome of the earlier stages of the Project, for the partnership agreements set up within the GEMM context were precisely the embryonic form of the network. We shall now look at this story in more detail.

As anticipated, the partnership brought together local authorities in Italy and in countries of the Mediterranean Economic Development Area (MEDA), with the aim of encouraging the transfer of good governance as applied to three particular areas – the labour market, development of the historical and cultural heritage, and mobility and transport – from the former (Italian) to the latter. The first step in this transfer process was an on-the-spot analysis of local districts in the three countries that are the co-leaders of the Project (Morocco, Jordan, Turkey). The aim was to identify, on the basis of the information gathered, a path of development for the particular local district and city in question. Parallel to this, action was taken leading to the signing of the first pilot twinning accord between Agadir, New Al Hashimieh and Ortakent Yahsi, the three joint co-leaders of the Project, and the respective Italian Provinces Salerno, Cagliari and Potenza. The measures proposed as a result of these bilateral partnerships form the point of departure for the creation of future projects in the context of subsequent finance programmes targeting individual areas.
These first, bilateral partnerships led to the creation of “constellations” of twinning accords, aimed at achieving a form of collaboration that could go beyond one-to-one contacts and facilitate exchanges between a multiplicity of players. These expanded twinning operations laid the foundation for the creation of a lasting South-South and North-South network of twinned municipalities committed to cooperating mainly in the three broad thematic areas indicated above.
As the twinning programme broadened out to include other local authorities in the MEDA area, various parties came together to draw up a design for the network and to identify the tools needed to operate it. These were the Municipality of Sassuolo, as official Project Leader, and TECLA [Association for Local and Transregional Cooperation], as Project technical assistance provider, together with the three persons responsible for the twinning arrangements (Messrs. Azzam Boujemma and Ahmed Hamma for Morocco, Mr. Aykut Oncel for Turkey and Mr. Fahad Zyoud for Jordan).The twinning activity as well as the adhesion process has been coordinated, as a whole, by the TECLA Association.
In a formal sense, the network was set up through the signing of a Protocol of affiliation to the GEMM Network drawn up in Italian, French and English. Besides explaining the objectives of the Project and of the GEMM Network, the Protocol consists of 10 articles defining the advantages of affiliation and setting out the governance of the network. According to the Protocol, the Network is run by three committees dealing with the three aspects – the labour market, mobility and transport, and development of the historical and cultural heritage. Each of the three committees is represented by a President, appointed from among the members of that particular committee. The President of the GEMM network must be from one of the MEDA countries.
By belonging to the GEMM Network it is possible for members to utilise a cooperation platform supplied by EUROPOLIS – the Euro-Mediterranean Political Observatory for Local Innovation and Development, an Association of local bodies and local government experts, set up in the context of the SMALT Project (International Forum for Local Authorities in the Regions of the Mediterranean), promoted by the Campania Regional Authority. Use of the cooperation platform is a means of ensuring the economic sustainability of the initiative. EUROPOLIS has been entrusted with the platform management since it works to coordinate regional networks in the Euro-Mediterranean Basin, promoting, implementing and managing projects aimed at developing active relationships between Local Bodies, Universities, Research Centres, Associations and other institutional players in this broad geographical area.

The platform provides the space where members of the network can propose topics, submit needs and proposals for solutions, exchange experiences, set common objectives, and put into practice the spirit of cooperation that permeates the network. The platform has in fact been restructured and strengthened for the GEMM Network, with further tools for electronic dialogue and the sharing of information.

The cooperation between  TECLA Association and EUPOLIS dates from way back. In the context of the SMALT initiative, TECLA already committed itself to promoting strategic relations between the countries on the south and north shores of the Mediterranean, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim of this was to facilitate the dialogue between the public and private sectors, and to set in motion joint processes to plan and carry out projects on shared priorities for sustainable growth in the Euro-Mediterranean Basin.
The search for other local authorities, apart from those who already partners in the Project, to approach with invitations to join up to the GEMM Network, has developed through various stages and along various channels. In the first place, the three experts in twinning arrangements, from the three countries that are co-leaders, have focussed their attention on the three countries to which they belong, i.e. Morocco, Jordan and Turkey.
Besides the twinning work carried out by these three experts, other channels have been explored to search for and identify local authorities interested in the Network. The TECLA Association, in its capacity as an association bringing together various Italian Provinces, has invited all member Provinces to notify any contacts they have with local authorities in the MEDA countries (i.e. municipalities, provinces or départements). This search method follows the pattern of Community planning in which contact networks are created that can be drawn on to help boost cooperation in all potential measures for regional cooperation.
Parallel to this, a significant action has been launched by the the TECLA office in Bruxelles, the European Office UPI-TECLA. Several requests have been sent out inviting notification of any contacts between local bodies or authorities in the MEDA area interested in joining up to the Network. This is an invitation addressed to numerous parties, with different positions and aims, but all suitable for the sort of cooperation provided by the Network. These include all of the following: the local authorities that were part of the Project’s initial partnership; Italian Embassies in the relevant countries, and the Embassies of those same countries in Italy; public and private organisations involved in other projects that operate in the relevant geographical area, and that are partners in other projects financed by the MED PACT Programme; other associations or networks operating in the Euro-Mediterranean area such as Arco Latino [the “Latin Arch”]; and finally, the Department of Regional Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  An important contribution has also been made by Mr. Ziad Moussa who, as technical assistant to the GEMM Project, has suggested further contacts useful for expanding the Network.
From analysis of the composition of the Network it is possible to deduce what difficulties have been encountered and in what countries. In particular, the three co-leader countries have gathered a greater number of cities joining up to the Network through the direct action of the three experts in twinning. In the case of other countries however, the difficulty of expanding the Network derives not only from the lack of a direct line of contact or an effective intermediary, but also from the entrenchment of a system that obliges every step to pass through a central authority, thus slowing down and complicating the authorisation process. It is clear that, in its initial phase, the Network must make the most of the tools at its disposal, such as the platform and the contacts already consolidated, if it is to achieve wider coverage.
The GEMM Network, formally constituted on 11 June 2010 at Agadir, will utilise the platform available to it as it strives to stimulate dialogue and to keep it vibrant, with a view to strengthening and capitalising on the existing partnership also with a view to future initiatives. This objective is consistent and fully in line with the determination to create continuity between what has been achieved in the MED PACT Projects, and the action of other programmes targeting the Euro-Mediterranean area, such as the CIUDAD Programme, aimed at strengthening the focus on sustainable development, economic development and sustainable urban planning.
The path followed in the four years of the Project’s life has not always been easy, and has encountered difficulties common to the other projects undertaken in the context of the self-same programme. However, the Network is certainly the most tangible result of the cooperation born of the GEMM Project.
By virtue of its size, and irrespective of the size of the individual local authorities that are joined up to it, it is incumbent on the Network to voice the sum of the different experiences and different desires for change. It represents an opportunity for regional development, an opportunity for mutual support and partnership in the process of cooperation required by the newly constituted Union of the Mediterranean. The hope is that the Network will provide additional value, quality and advantages to its members.
To date, the following local authorities and associations belong to the Network

Expert in EC policies appointed by the TECLA Association to handle twinning operations and to provide technical assistance to the leader of the GEMM Project.
Technical expert appointed by the Municipality of Agadir.
Moroccan twinning expert.
Turkish twinning expert.
Jordanian twinning expert.
The Community acquis is the body of common rights and obligations which bind all the Member States together within the European Union. Thus the Community acquis comprises not only Community law in the strict sense, but also all acts adopted under the second and third pillars of the European Union and the common objectives laid down in the Treaties. The Union has committed itself to maintaining the Community acquis in its entirety and developing it further. Applicant countries have to accept the Community acquis before they can join the Union. Derogations from the acquis are granted only in exceptional circumstances and are limited in scope. To integrate into the European Union, applicant countries will have to transpose the acquis into their national legislation and implement it from the moment of their accession.
Source:  HYPERLINK “http://europa.eu/scadplus/glossary/community_acquis.en.htm” http://europa.eu/scadplus/glossary/community_acquis.en.htm

GEMM Project TRAINING PATH MEETING June 2010 Agadir, Morocco

Training path

Tuesday, 8 June

09:00-09:30   Registration of participants

09:30-10.30    Welcome addresses: Local Political representatives

10:30-10:45    Introduction: Overview and perspectives of GEMM project
Miss Evelina Fortunato, TECLA Association

10:45-11:45    Dialogue process between local authorities and citizenship:
Monitoring and communication for urban planning and policies realization (PART II)
Miss Elena Lolli and Miss Rebecca Pavarini, Municipality of Sassuolo

11:45-12:00    Coffee break

12:00-12.45    Twinning experts activity methodology
Mr Ahmed Hamma
Mr Aykut Oncel
Mr Ahmad Affash Al Harahsheh

12:45-13:15     Presentation of the Gemm network
Miss Ilaria De Nicolais, EUPOLIS Association

13:15-14:30     Lunch

15:00-16:00    Gemm network  tools: practical training session with Mrs Ilaria De Nicolais and Mrs Evelina Fortunato

17 :00               Visit of the Musée Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh of Agadir

21h                    Dinner

Training path

Wednesday, 9 June

09.30-10.30    An example of local urban and tourist development: the case of Matrouh Governatorate
Mr Alaaeidin Abdelshakor and Mr Hamad Khaled, Matrouh Governatorate

10.30-11.30    Function of local authorities for the development of territorial marketing and transversal actions
Mr Nuhad Abdallah, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Academic Unit for Scientific Researches, Lattakia, Syria

11.30-11.45     Coffee Break

11.45-12.45    Function of local authorities for the development of territorial marketing and transversal actions
Mr Felice Vertullo, Professor of Tourism Marketing at the University of Perugia and Director of the UNESCO Association for the South Italy

12.45-13:30    Best practices of Diagnostic and Restoration Strategies for Sustainable Conservation
Mr Luciano Cessari , Senior researcher CNR National Research Council (Italy)

13.30               Lunch

17:00               Visit at one of the traditional house in the Souk Elhad, the traditional big Moroccan market

21h                   Dinner

Training path

Thursday, 10 June

09:30-10:15     Innovative model for Governace and Local Authorities
Cooperation: Informative Geographical Systems  for cultural heritage valorization
Mr Salvatore Vigliar, Director of “EUPOLIS – Observatory of the Euro-Mediterranean policies for development and local innovation”

10:15-10:45      Presentation by Agadir Municipality
Mr Azzam Boujemma, Agadir Municipality

Pilot Project presentation on the restoration of the Agadir Kasbah

10:45 – 12:30    Mr Ruggiero Bignardi, Manager of the Heritage Museums and Libraries of the Province of Salerno
Mr Azzam Boujemma , Agadir Municipality
Mr Oumlil , Université Ibn Zohr Agadir

12:30-12:45        Coffee Break

12:45-13.30    Training and labour market in the context of the cultural heritage restoration
Mr Abdessalem NAGAZI, President of the AMDRH – l’Association Maghrébine de Développement des Ressources Humaines –

13:30               Lunch

17:00               Visit of the Kasbha of Agadir
Visit of the Tifnit Village, a typical fishermen beach 30 km far from Agadir

21h                   Dinner (proposition by the Municipal Council)

Final Meeting

Friday, 11 June

09:30-10:00   Open addresses by Moroccan representatives

10:00-10:30    Arco Latino: a Project of Network enlargement in the Mediterranean
Miss Elena Apollonio, Province of Turin

10:30- 11:45    Speech by  Mr Ziad Moussa, European Commission technical assistance

11:45-12:00     Coffee Break

12:00-12:30    Speech by Municipality of Sassuolo and Tecla Association
Mr Mario Battello, Director of TECLA Association

12:30-13:30     Election procedure and nomination of the first GEMM Network President and of the 3 Commissions Presidents

13:30-14:30     Final ceremony for the GEMM network adhesion
(Mediator: Mr Salvatore Vigliar, Director of  “EUPOLIS – Observatory of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies for Development and Local Innovation”)
Speach by the Project GEMM co-leaders representatives, Ortakent Yahsi, Agadir and New Al Hashimieh
Adhesion certificates delivery : signatures and addresses by each of the local MEDA representatives

14:30                 Lunch

Late in the afternoon        Visit of the Jardin d’Olhao and  of the La Medina de Coco Polizzi

21h                    Dinner

GEMM Project TRAINING PATH MEETING 16-18 March 2010 Amman, Jordan

GEMM Project TRAINING PATH MEETING
16-18 March 2010 Amman, Jordan

Tuesday 16 March    GEMM PROJECT RESULTS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR LOCAL ADMINISTATOR
09:00-09:15            Registration of participants
09:15-09.45             Welcome adresses: Jordan Minister of Municipal Affairs

Mr. Ali Zaher Ghezawi and Mayor of Al Hashimieh –  Mr. Oklah Mohammad Oklah Al Zeyoud

09:45-10:00            Introduction: Overview and presentation of GEMM project

Mr Mario Battello, TECLA Association Director
Miss Evelina Fortunato, TECLA Association

10:00-10.30            Presentation of the Gemm network and its tools
Miss Ilaria De Nicolais, EUPOLIS Association – twining activity and network

COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR LOCAL ADMINISTRATION

10:30-11.30             Dialogue process between local authorities and citizenship: monitoring and communication for urban planning and policies realization

Miss Elena Lolli and Miss Rebecca Pavarini,  Municipality of  Sassuolo

Thematic:
• Evaluation of criticalities to be monitored to achieve territorial and environmental sustainability.
• Control indicators panel particularly suitable to monitor urban environmental and socio-economic phenomenon.
• Use of indicators in the planning process.
• Importance of participative processes in the urban planning policies.

11:30-12.00            Coffee Break

12:00-14.00           Communication strategies for local administration

Miss Sandy Maroun

Thematic:
• The objectives of communication strategies
• Targetted audience
• Key messages
• Adopted strategy for communication
• Tools and communication Medias
• Communication chart
• Necessary resources for the communication program

14.00-14.30           Discussion and debate

Wednesday 17 March        MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT POLICIES

STRATEGY FOR MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT POLICIES
Network and nodes
technologies (vehicles, infrastructures, ITS)
Metropolitan and Urban Transport
Research and information in the field of transport

PILOT PROJECT ELABORATED BY THE PROVINCE OF CAGLIARI IN JORDAN

09.00-10.30    Illustration of applicative examples of transport planning for an European town

Mr. Falah Al Zeyod Municipality of al Hashimieh
Miss Vittoria Baire, Conseillor Province of Cagliari
Mr Serge Yazigi

Thematic:
Italian case: planning instruments of transport for cities
Arabic case: what are the usual planning instruments for urban and transport context in Arabic cities?

10.30-11.30         Illustration of Mobility and Transport strategies of EU related to transport Mr Domenico Gattuso

11.30-12.00         Coffee Break

12.00-12.45    Illustration of transport development policies in Mediterranean (case study : Syria)

Mr Nuhad Abdallah

FUNDS FOR SUSTENIBILITY GROW
12.45-13.30        European Funding and instruments on in the field of transports, mobility and environment

Mr Domenico Gattuso

13.30-14.30        Discussion and Debate

(An intervention from Erbaa and Alanya Municipalities on Turkish transport system and concerns is foreseen)

Thursday 18 March        EMPLOYMENT AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

STRATEGY FOR LABOUR MARKET ACTIVE POLICIES

9.30-10.00         The European strategy for employment

Mr Romano Benini

10.00-10.20       The guide lines for the employment in the Mediterranean States

Mr Makram Malaeb

10.20-10.40    Educational, training  and labour market policies in Turkey and Morocco   Mr Romano Benini

10.40-11.00    Educational, training and labour market policies in Lebanon

Mr Makram Malaeb

11.00-11.15      Coffee Break

FUNDS FOR EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

11.15-12.00    European social Fund: role, function and objectives

Mr Romano Benini

12.00-12.15    European funds and the support for development in the Mediterranean area

Mr Makram Malaeb

12.15-12.30    The potential for using and improving employment and education planning in the Mediterranean cities by the connection with funds and local policies for employment, education, development

Mr Makram Malaeb

PILOT PROJECT ELABORATED BY THE PROVINCE OF POTENZA IN TURKEY

12.30-13.00    The program for the employment of the Provincia of Potenza on the project planning

Mr Umberto Pagano Province of Potenza

Proposals and activities of the Province of Potenza to contrast the economical crisis

13.00-13.30    Italian programs and policies against economic and social crisis

Mr Romano Benini

13.30-14.30    Discussion and conclusion

Mission of Italian Partners to Agadir, Morocco

The project leader City of Sassuolo, together with the Province of Salerno and TECLA Association, is organising a mission to Agadir (Morocco) from the 31st of March 2008 to the 3rd of April 2008

During the staying, the technical experts of the city of Sassuolo, coming from OIKOS Ricerche, and of the Province of Salerno, together with the representatives of TECLA Association (technical assistance to the project leader), will organise interviews and a needs analysis workshop with the staff of the Moroccan Municipality and various representatives of civil society organisations, in order to gain information and material on the urban situation and development of the territory of Agadir (with particular attention devoted to the issue of valorisation of cultural heritage for tourism purposes).

Management meeting among Italian Partners

On the 6th of February 2008 a meeting among all the Italian Partner of GEMM was held in Rome (Italy), with the aim of discussing the state of the art of the project  and the future development of the activities.

In particular, the partners agreed on an updated calendar of the project activities for the year 2008, regarding in particular the organisation of the remaining mission to the three co-leader cities (New Al Hashimieyh, Ortakent Yashi and Agadir) and of the meetings of the second Transnational Steering Committee and of the First Twinning Committee.

Moreover, the partners discussed at length several proposal for the activities related to the Twinning Process (WP2) and several administrative and financial matters.

Meeting among the City of Agadir, the City of Sassuolo, TECLA and the City of Salerno

On the 16th and 17th of January 2008, the representatives of the city of Agadir (MEDA co-leader) organised a mission to Italy in order to meet the project leader city of Sassuolo, TECLA and the Province of Salerno.

On the first day, the partner held a meeting in Rome, aimed at discussing the activities to be developed in the territory of Agadir, as well as financial and administrative matters related to the project. On the second day, TECLA and Agadir visited the Province of Salerno, where they the chance to meet the technical and political representative of the city.

Ortakent Yashi (Turkey)

First technical mission (07.10.2007 – 11.10.2007)

In the second week of October, the experts of the Municipality of Sassuolo (coming from OIKOS Ricerche) and of the Province of Potenza, together with the representatives of TECLA Association carried out the first field mission to Ortakent Yashi.

The mission aimed at collecting useful qualitative and quantitative information on the urban development of Ortkant Yashi, in order to shape the subsequent transfer of methodologies and best practices on the real needs and potentialities of its territory and populations. In particular, a one day workshop of needs analysis was organised with about 15 participants coming from the Municipality of Ortakent Yashi, the Bodrum Chamber of Commerce and associations of the civil society.

At the end of the mission the representatives of TECLA Association had also the chance to meet the President and some members of BEMED Municipal Council Members Cultural and Social Association in Istanbul, in order to discuss the developments of the project activities so far and the role of the Association within GEMM.

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