During the last months MedCities has been working actively in new project proposals for its cities and for the General Secretariat.

Convinced of its role in promoting urban sustainable development projects for its members, MedCities has immersed during the last months in a process of preparation of several proposals that, if successful, will allow the network and its cities to become active in several urban issues.

Among these proposals, we would like to highlight the approval of two cultural projects in Tripoli and Tunis, to be funded by the Provincial Council of Barcelona (Diputació). The project of Al Fayhaa will focus on the development of the future Cultural Observatory, while the second one is related to the promotion of new technologies for the touristic development of the Medina of Tunis.

Furthermore, following the call for projects on solid waste management launched by the EU Delegation in Lebanon, we have accompanied the Al Fayhaa Urban Community and the cities of Tripoli and El Mina in preparing the concept note of a large scale proposal for the promotion of the culture of recycling and sorting at source. MedCities and ACR+, a strategic alliance on waste management, will actively participate in the consortium of the project, if finally approved.

The General Secretariat has also been involved in the preparation of two communication and capitalisation projects for the Interreg MED Programme, that will allow the network to be involved in knowledge sharing, lobbying and capitalisation activities on two subjects that affect directly its members: the promotion of sustainable urban mobility plans and the preservation of biodiversity and protected areas in the Mediterranean.

Also, we have promoted the participation of the city of Larnaca and the city of Dubrovnik in two different projects for citizen sensitisation and awareness raising; on climate change and conflict resolution respectively.

Last but most importantly, MedCities is preparing for the new ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin call for projects, expected to be launched at the end of the year, which is crucial to the network and its members. In order to do so, an informative workshop will be organised in the following months in both Tunisia and Lebanon for MedCities members, in order to become familiar with the programme and identify opportunities.