The Cooperation Pole: network and expertise meant for urban and territorial cooperation.
The Cooperation Pole’s missions are:
- Developing operational governance tools for critical urban and territorial projects;
- Providing expertise and thorough experience in setup, management and animation of territorial cooperation projects in the territorial public policies field;
- Helping bring together local authorities in the Mediterranean area, and organise multi-level and multi actors dialogue;
- Increasing synergies between local authorities regarding public policies;
- Facilitating meetings and experience crossed feedback related to sustainable Mediterranean cities and territories;
- To strengthen institutional powers and walk local authorities through implementing territorial pilot project.
In order to meet these goals, the Cooperation Pole developed the following activities:
- Constant watch regarding funding opportunities from the European Union in the Mediterranean region;
- Engineering assistance related to European projects setup and management (12 European projects funded since 2013 and 5 new ones underway);
- Studies and assessments relying on a multidisciplinary expertise (economics, political sciences, urbanism, land use planning) and a territorial approach of development;
- Overseeing territorial pilot projects used as demonstration tools, driven by the will to fall in line with a system of transferability to other territories;
- Transnational animation: AVITEM as a tool for international broadcasting and influence.
- Administrative and financial management skills applied to projects;
- Public policies analysis, with an integrated view, to highlight the possible leverage effects (recommendations, good practices);
- Assistance in the matters of governance and decision-making process;
- Supporting implementation of regional policies;
- Communication, broadcasting and dialogue with civil society, with a view to popularisation;
- Actions for capitalisation, formation and strengthening of institutional powers.
In order to see these projects through, the Cooperation Pole is working closely with about a hundred partners located on both sides of the Mediterranean, thus maintaining a wide network made of public and private bodies.