Within this context, SlowMed aims to promote creative intercultural dialogue as well as to consolidate a Mediterranean cultural identity based on its culinary heritage.
Countries such as Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine, Portugal and Spain are involved together in this project for 2 years (2014-2015) in order to promote the preservation and the recognition of food as a “work of art”.
Therefore, the project will involve a wide range of artists from the Mediterranean region who will experience the culinary heritage through innovative activities. Finally, the project will promote nutritional education by developing new tools while networking & cross-fertilization among several sectors will be largely enhanced.
The project will see the creation of Local Working Groups of 10 people (including chefs, film makers, scene directors, food culture communication expert, nutritionist) in each country who will be involved in local and international activities.
The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (www.enpicbcmed.eu).
The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.
The SlowMed Project is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (www.enpicbcmed.eu). Its total budget is € 1.054.598,60 and it is financed, for an amount of € 949.138,74 , by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The ENPI CBC Med Programme aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.