WE ARE MED – Community building event

The best occasion to start building the basis for this joint process and to identify transversal themes in addition to bringing together projects from different thematics. The main conclusions from the event underlined the need for horizontal project partners to strive for improved collaboration between their respective communities by finding a better way of coordinating themselves and working together.

The eight Interreg MED thematic communities of projects started to work, following the approval of the 1st call for projects in 2016. Apart from working within each thematic community, it is most important to induce synergies and transversal cross debates between them, right from the start by creating a joint work dynamic and a sense of belonging to the Interreg MED community of stakeholders. The key point of the event was to emphasise/highlight/showcase the inherent knowledge of each thematic community, in order for them to acquire a greater degree of self awareness and certainty on methodologies and aims by sharing practices between each other.

The event also aimed at preparing the capitalisation process that will be highlighted later in the mid-term transnational event. This was reached through mutual learning among the thematic communities of projects and by extracting and harvesting common ideas, tools and methods which will improve the results of the Programme.

The interaction in Alicante was really fruitful which should lead the Programme to an improved transfer of results and consolidate the capitalisation process, thus reinforcing the outreach and the impact of the Programme in its territories.

The target for this event were Modular and Horizontal projects alike. However, for logistical reasons and since the Modular projects are still at the beginning of their implementation, their active participation was limited to 2 representatives – NF project was represented by REGEA/Julije Domac.

One day agenda included 3 different activities to stimulate interaction and brainstorming:

l Team building activity;

l Presentation of each thematic community;

l World café cross-cutting discussion;