Memorandum of Understanding between the EIB and UNIMED
9 May 2007
On 3 May 2007, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union, signed a “Memorandum of Understanding”.
The cooperation agreement is established within the framework of the “EIB University Networks”, a system ofpartnerships of theEIBGroup with University networks showing characteristics that are of particular relevance to support its objectives as the policy bank of the European Union.
UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union, is an association of 74 Universities from the countries bordering the Mediterranean basin. UNIMED aims to promote research in the areas of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, environment, health, economy and new communication technologies, in order to contribute to the political and economic dimensions of the relations between the European Union and its Mediterranean partner countries.
The key priority research themes of UNIMED’s 2007-2009 programme are:
Euro-Mediterranean regional integration as well as integration and cooperation between the southern and eastern Mediterranean partners of the EU;
Environmental protection and sustainable development;
Protection and enhancement of the Euro-Mediterranean cultural heritage;
Social policy, especially with regard to public health and employment.
UNIMED will now represent one of thepreferred vehicles of the EIB to channelits Universities Action Programme,framing the cooperation between the Bank and the academic world. UNIMED will assist particularly in academic research and dissemination activities on socio-economic issues related to the Mediterranean region and supporting the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
On Saturday 23 October 2010, the first Mediterranean Green Development Investors Forum (Med GDIF) will take place in Athens on the subject of “Financing profitable green initiatives and investments across the Mediterranean”. The conference is co-organised by the Institute for Climate and Energy Security (i4cense) and EIB under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Greece.