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News announcement15 May 2024European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency1 min read

Extended Deadline for the Interreg NEXT MED First Call for Proposals

A budget of €103 million is available for project funding to make the Mediterranean a smarter, greener, more inclusive, and better-governed region. New deadline for submission of proposals: 30 May 2024!


Interreg NEXT ‘Mediterranean Sea Basin’ (‘NEXT MED’) programme is the third generation of one of the largest cooperation initiatives funded by the European Union to enhance transnational cooperation in the Mediterranean area.

Building on the experience and results of the ENPI (2007-2013) and ENI (2014-2020) cross-border cooperation (CBC) Med programmes, NEXT MED will continue boosting Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for the period 2021-2027 under the framework of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy and its specific ‘Interreg’ instrument which supports European Territorial Cooperation across regions and countries. NEXT MED is implemented under strand B ‘Transnational cooperation’ of the external dimension of Interreg, allowing for cooperation over larger transnational territories or around sea basins between EU Member States and Southern Neighbourhood partner countries.

The Programme aims to contribute to smart, sustainable, fair development for all across the Mediterranean basin by supporting balanced, long-lasting, far-reaching cooperation and multilevel governance.

The mission

The programme mission is to finance cooperation projects that address joint socio-economic, environmental and governance challenges at Mediterranean level such as the uptake of advanced technologies, competitiveness of SMEs and job creation, energy efficiency, sustainable water management, climate change adaptation, transition to a circular and resource efficient economy, education and training, health care, etc.

Deadline extended

We have an important update for all prospective applicants of the Interreg NEXT MED Programme! In response to requests from six Mediterranean Partner Countries, considering the ongoing situation in the region and further to the decision of the Monitoring Committee, we announce a further postponement of the deadline for the first call for proposals to May 30th, 2024 (1pm, CET).

This extension provides an additional month for organizations across the eligible area to consolidate their projects and solidify transnational partnerships currently under development.

We encourage all interested parties to take advantage of this extended period to refine their proposals and forge meaningful collaborations that will contribute to the prosperity and sustainability of the Mediterranean region. Good luck to all applicants in crafting their project proposals!

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