Leader: Latin Arc and its partners

Partners: Sousse City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and Aude Departmental Council

Period: 2013-2015

Budget: 62.500 € 

Co-funding (Sousse City Council): 12.500€

Co-funding (Latin Arc): 50.000 € 



MADEL – Development of local products in the city of Sousse


Project Description

Promotion and development of Sousse’s local economy (increase in employment, promotion of social inclusion, reinforcement of local institutions, participation and articulation of territorial actors).


  • To develop cooperation between local administrations from both shores of the Mediterranean (North/South).

  • To exchange best practices in the field of regional economic development

  • To jointly define a central development focus for local products as well as to reinforce the short distribution channel.

  • To launch initiatives for the promotion of employment

  •  To reinforce the City’s capacities for the management of the local economy.


 Planned actions:

  • Diagnosis and analysis of local products and their distribution chains in the Sousse region.

  • Mission to Sousse with the aim of providing professional technical assitance and support to the city’s local administration and socio-economic actors for institutional strengthening and local economic development.

  • Technical visits.  Officers and socio-economic actors from the city of Sousse will have the opportunity to visit some of the Latin Arc local administrations. In doing so, they shall become acquainted with successful experiences in the marketing of local goods from these territories.

  • Final seminar: presentation of best practices in the Latin Arc space (economic development – selling (marketing of local products, civil society and citizen participation). Political and technical recommendations for Tunisia and development of future partnerships and “follow-up” actions.


Experiences, challenges and opportunities of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the Mediterranean: Final Seminar of the SSE project

The conference entitled “Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): Innovative Solutions to Development Problems in Mediterranean countries?” was held in Toulouges (France) on December 13. This event was the final seminar of the “Study on Social and Solidarity Economy in the Latin Arc”. Led by the Pyrénées-Orientales Department, the SSE project partnership is comprised of members from all three Latin Arc states – such as France’s CRESS Corsica, Haute Corse and Hérault Departments, Spain’s Tarragona, Granada and Lleida Provincial Councils as well as Italy’s Mantova and Viterbo Provinces. The partnership has been working on the project for two years.

4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean in Tangiers: territorial diplomacy for concrete cooperation actions in the Mediterranean.

The 4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean was held in Tangiers on Nov 30th. Political representatives from several Mediterranean countries joined the political round table in order to discuss the role of local and regional governments in the construction of Mediterranean diplomacy.

Latin Arc New Website Out Now!

The Latin Arc brand new website is out now! Our new site presents readers with an improved design that contains 7 sections covering the latest news and events, former and on-going projects, policy actions and partnerships.



Save the date: Kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism to be held in Marseille on March 16-17th

The kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism will be held in Marseille on March 16-17th.

Latin Arc to host “European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day” on Feb. 23rd in Barcelona

The Latin Arc will host the European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day on February 23rd in Barcelona. The event will be comprised of several preparatory workshops for the submission of projects to the upcoming EU funding calls.

First working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects to be held Lleida on February 7th

Latin Arc will participate in the first working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects. These two initiatives, which were approved last October in Latin Arc’s call for projects, focus on issues of employment and entrepreneurship in rural areas.