ESPON Internal Seminar , Paphos 5-6.12.2012 Stella KYVELOU, Asst Professor , Director of Greek ECP SDMed President E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org . The Mediterranean is in progress and is the object of political and private investment.
Stella KYVELOU, AsstProfessor, Director of Greek ECP
E-mail : email@example.com
The Mediterranean is in progress and is the object of political and private investment.
Yet, the growth of Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries ( SEMC) remains low in comparison with that of the world’s most dynamic geographical areas. The shift in the world economy brings the risk of marginalising the less dynamic regions.
Just as Europe has trued to build a nation from nations, the Mediterranean should be built on its cultures and be a “rendez-vous” of civilisations.
Natural Resource related synergy
Synergies between goods and services
Political and social crisis-solidarity
Energy efficiency and green economy- capacity to adapt to climate change- Sustainable development
More mediterranean oriented agricultural policy
Migration-More qualified migrants
Extent of the ESPON tools : ESPON Database, ESPON Hyperatlas, Data Navigator ….to SEMC. To this end, a network of information and harmonisation of data should be installed.
A MED-T2050 Project to be confronted with ET2050 and take especially into account the “Europe of cities” Scenarion
An ESPONEnergy&Climate Med would be a priority
Last but not least, ESPON should establish an ESPON educational pole of competence in the Mediterranean region – Edge for a long-term strategy of ESPON expansion in the European neighborhood..
This can be facilitated by and based on the ESPONTrain VLE Project
“….The mediterranean was always what Europe strives to become today. From this point of view, it is probably in the Mediterranean that there is the “key” of European cohesion, because cohesion does not only mean economic prosperity, social justice and political democracy. It presupposes the existence of a common identity, the interplay between civilisations, the contact and exchange and dialogue between cultures…“ ( Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister )
Mediterranean does not simply mean “in the middle of the earth” The Mediterranean is also the place where nature, people emotions ideas and cultures come to an equilibrium. It is a place of birth, rebirth and balance.
Thankyoufor your attention!
Greek ESPON Contact Point, wwww.espon2013.panteion.gr