EUROMED INVEST EU Support to Business and Investment Partnerships in Southern Mediterranean

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EU Support to Business and Investment Partnerships in Southern Mediterranean


Contracting Authority: European Commission




The responsibility for implementing the EUROMED INVEST project will be shared by the 7 members of the MedAlliance, gathering the major networks of business organisations and economic development actors in the Euromed region. In addition to these 7 co-applicants, 79 affiliate members in 26 countries (including 7 of the 10 South ENPI countries, 3 EU candidate/potential candidate countries, 16 EU countries) will be mobilised to take part in the implementation of the majority of the project activities: they will not be simply “beneficiaries” of the programme, they will also be “actors”, delivering the majority of the activities, based on capacity and interest.



  • ANIMA Investment Network 



  • EUROCHAMBRES, the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • ASCAME, the Mediterranean Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • BUSINESSMED, the Mediterranean Union of Enterprises Confederations
  • EMDC, the Euro-Med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Foundation
  • The German Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce
  • The Euro Arab Business Council


Affiliated entity

  • 79 Affiliate members in 26 countries:
  • 7 of the 10 South ENPI countries
  • 3 EU candidate/potential candidate countries
  • 16 EU countries
  • CCIS (member of the EUROCHAMBRES, the official European Chamber network organisation)


Associate partners

  • EUNIC the European Union National Institutes for Culture
  • Anna Lindh Fouondation
  • OCEMO the Office for Economic Cooperation for Mediterranean and Middle East
  • OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Agadir Technical Unit for the Mediterranean Free Trade Agreement (Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia) agadir agreement
  • AIDMO Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization
  • UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization


Locations of the action

  • The EU 28 countries
  • Tthe South ENPI countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia


Total duration of the action (months): 36 months


Total project amount: 4.999.983,30 EUR


EU financing requested: 3.999.987 EUR (80%)


Objectives of the action


The ultimate goal

  • To generate sustainable and inclusive investment and trade/partnership projects.

Overall objective

  • Boost private business and investment within the Euromed area
  • Contribute to an inclusive economic development in the Mediterranean region


Specific objective

  • Position the Mediterranean in key global sectors for future creation of jobs and value
  • Empower Euro-Med business and investment networks to implement targeted and coordinated strategies to support the development of MSMEs in these Sectors
  • Maximise the business and investment spillovers in the South ENPI countries territories


The target groups will be a combination of private and public sector organisations as well as business associations.


Target groups from EU and South ENPI countries


  • Investors
  • Companies and especially Euro-Med SMEs
  • Young and new entrepreneurs (among which job seekers)


Intermediate bodies and economic development institutions

  • Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA)
  • Business Supporting Organizations (BSO)
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
  • Export councils
  • National/regional/sector business federations
  • Private sector
  • NGOs
  • Business associations dedicated to young entrepreneurs
  • Women and expatriates


National and territorial government and public actors

  • Ministries (Industry, cooperation, territorial development)
  • Deconcentrated administrations (SME and innovation agencies)
  • Regional development agencies and CCI
  • Local and regional authorities (welcoming and facilitating investment projects)
  • Free zones
  • Technoparks
  • Universities
  • Training institutions
  • International aid agencies
  • Multilateral organisations projects


Final beneficiaries

  • MSMEs and new entrepreneurs (particularly women entrepreneurs) from EU and the South ENPI countries
  • Job seekers from the South ENPI countries
  • Territorial authorities from the South ENPI countries


Estimated results

  • Renewed interest from SMEs to make business and invest within the Euromed countries
  • Increased flow of inclusive investment and business projects between the Euromed countries (make EU retrieve its leader position as FDI origin towards the South ENPI countries)
  • Improved services for SMEs to start-up (new ventures), establish (foreigners) and develop (nationals and foreigners) within the South Mediterranean countries
  • Establishment of sustainable EU-MED Alliances to drive the growth of business within the major sectors of common interest (Agrifood, Water and New Energies, Tourism, Transport and Logistics, Cultural and Creative Industries)
  • Establish strong and lasting EU-MED business networks



Main activities

  • A set of promotion tools to market the South ENPI counrtries abroad (web portal, directories, business guides, roadshows)
  • Capacity building and experience sharing seminars, individual assistances to professionalise and reinforce investor services organisations and entrepreneurs
  • Intelligence and strategic activities (surveys, workshops) to create sector Alliances and develop common sector strategies
  • Match making events for business, clusters and private investors, and Euromed Pavillion in the major trade fairs in selected sectors