In the 21st of March 2013the “Bologna Charter 2012” was signed by 14 regions from different European countries during the the Maremed Day in Bruxelles
Bologna Charter 2007, born in the BEACHMED-e Regional Framework Operation
Bologna Charter 2007 signature during the BEACHMED-e Regional Framework Operation

The Bologna Charter 2012, A Med regions initiative for the re-launching of the European policies for sustainable development and the protection of the Mediterranean coasts

The “Bologna Charter 2012” (EUROPEAN REGIONS CHARTER FOR THE PROMOTION OF A COMMON FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC ACTIONS AIMED AT THE PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL AREAS) has been adopted by the Emilia-Romagna Region (Resolution of the Regional Government n. 1346, 17th September 2012), as result of a fruitful joint work between coastal Administrations, partners in a long cooperation experiences within relevant European projects.

Aiimed at the strengthening of the role of the coastal Administrations in the context of European policies and initiatives at the Mediterranean scale – coastal protection, integrated management, adaptation to climate change – the “Charter” also promotes a Macro-Project initiative for the next programming period of European Structural Funds (2014-2020), designed for a coherent Mediterranean macro-thematic and multi-sectoral strategy, open also to the coastal Administrations of the South and East of the Mediterranean.

Re-launching the principles of the former political agreement – the Bologna Charter 2007, born in the BEACHMED-e Regional Framework Operation, www.beachmed.eu (see picture on the right) – the “Charter 2012”, developed within the MAREMED project (www.maremed.eu) with the support of the FACECOAST Med-cluster (www.facecoast.eu), is expected to be signed by about 20 Mediterranean coastal Administrations in the 2013 and then potentially by all the other Administrations and Bodies with coastal competences in the Mediterranean basin.

A first step towards its signature, after its official transmission to the first phase partner Administrations, has been the meeting held in Bologna (on the 29th October 2012) between Emilia-Romagna Regional Councillor of Soil and Coast Defence and Civil Protection, Paola Gazzolo and Monique Petard, Vice President of the Council of Hérault Department (Languedoc-Roussillon) in charge for the Environment and Agenda 21.

A second step has been taken in Brussels, the 21st March 2013, where the “Bologna Charter 2012” was signed by 14 regions from different European countries during the the Maremed Day (see picture on the left).

This was an important step to establish of a common platform to address issues of management and coastal and maritime planning, adaptation to climate change, sustainable development and safety of the coastal areas of the Mediterranean.

The Charter proposes a Macro-Project for the ‘Blue Growth’, that is the sustainable development of the coast in all its many uses, consistent with the EU and regional policies experience for over ten years. It’s a strategic framework for concrete actions designed for the Mediterranean coasts, including Adriatic, that propose to Europe to finance within the next seven years of the Structural Funds programming.

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