The Sardinia Region has been appointed Managing Authority for the period 2021-2027 of the Interreg Next Med program, the important initiative funded by the European Union, which involves 15 countries, for cooperation in the Mediterranean area. Sardinia was designated by a large majority, with 9 votes out of the eleven of the representatives of the task force responsible for preparing the program, overcoming the competition from Greece.

Christian Solinas, Presidente della Regione Sardegna

“It is the recognition – comments the president of the Region, Christian Solinas – of the central role that our island plays in a scenario with enormous potential towards a development that must be channeled respecting, in a solidarity sense, a balance between the different areas. A need felt even more today in a difficult time for the global economy, marked by an unprecedented health emergency.

The choice of Sardinia as the guide of the Interreg Next Med program also represents a great certificate of reliability that is given to us by the EU Commission and by all the participating countries, to which our deep gratitude goes.

We strongly believe in a Europe of peoples, of autonomies, which listens to the requests of each territory, close to citizens and ready to intervene in support of less favored areas. A commitment that we already carry out, precisely in the Mediterranean area, with the other island regions, in a cooperation platform created to represent before the European institutions the claims of territories penalized by a series of geographical and structural disadvantages that slow down growth and Development”.

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The Interreg Next Med program is the third cycle of the EU-funded cooperation initiative in the Mediterranean area, which is expected to be presented to the European Commission by summer 2021. The aim is to create – Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey – a strong and sustainable partnership to address common challenges such as job creation and youth inclusion , climate change and economic integration.