New Cities of the Mediterranean Sea basin is a stantard project of ENPI CBC MED (I-B/1.3/561) programme funded by European Union under the Joint Managing Authority Autonomous Region of Sardinia


The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and of its financing instrument (ENPI) for the 2007-2013 period: it aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union (EU) and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.


ENPI CBCMED is a programme funded by EuropeAid. Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid is a new Directorate–General (DG) responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world.

Joint Managing Authority

The Autonomous Region of Sardinia in charge of the operational and financial management of the Programme.


Municipality of Latina (Italy, Lazio)

Project in brief

The NEWCIMED project focuses on the enhancement of the cultural heritage and territorial planning capacities of the so-called “New Towns”, a urban phenomenon which is diffused in the Mediterranean area. A new town is a city or community that was carefully planned from its inception and is typically constructed in a previously undeveloped area.

The project develops a new model which will enhance the value of urbanisation, whether historical or modern that can identify guidelines for enhancing the development of new cities. The project, however, doesn’t so much concentrate on the architectural elements (which have attracted most analyses of urban typologies) but on the socio-economic aspects of this modality of historic development in enriching the involved these mixed contexts between urban and rural areas. Shared planning has been considered as an essential step in identifying those development strategies capable of improving the quality of life and social cohesion. Method GOPP/Goal Orientated Project Planning and Project Cycle Management/PCM will be used.


1. University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy, Lazio)
2. “Progetto Sud” Institute (Italy, Lazio)
3. Sicilian Region "Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità Siciliana Soprintendenza del Mare" (Italy, Sicilian Region)
4. Association for the documentation, preservation and enhancement of the Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage – HERIMED (Italy, Sicilia)
5. Province of Oristano (Italy, Sardegna)
6. University of Valencia (Spain, Comunidad Valenciana)
7. Municipality of Cullera (Spain)
8. Municipality of Tyre (Lebanon)
9. Municipality of Maâmoura (Tunisia, Nabeul)
10. Department of Antiquities (Jordan)

Specific objectives

• Valorization of New Cities' cultural heritage in all the Mediterranean area and its touristic destinations' exploitation, improving local economical and social conditions.
• Development of a multi-sector strategic planning process for New Cities' territorial development, combining productive, cultural, environmental and social potentials and needs of territories.
• Enhancement of local populations' identity, based on New Towns' tangible and intangible cultural heritage recognition, along with increasing social cohesion and multicultural dialogue.

Expected results

• Creation of an Euro-Mediterranean New Cities network.
• Implementation of territorial strategic plans for cultural heritage protection.
• Creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Widespread New Cities Museum.
• Awareness-raising and involvement of scientific and academic communities on the topic of New Towns.
• Implementation of a strategic communication plan, at local and transnational level, to inform about history and cultural heritage of New Towns.

Target groups

• Local and regional public authorities.
• Development agencies.
• Entities involved in cultural heritage valorization.

Final beneficiaries

• Tourism businesses and tourists.
• Local populations.
• History, architecture and urbanisation research institutes. 


• Total budget: € 1.991.955
• Program contribution: € 1.792.759 (90%)
• Project co-financing: € 199.195 (10%)


50 months
Started 26th July 2011

Euro Mediterranean Widespread Museum

EuroMed Widespread Museum

Euro Mediterranean Widespread Museum

The Museum gathers the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the partner territories at transnational level.

New Cities of Mediterranean Sea Basin involved :

Al Tafila (Giordan) - Arborea (Italy)

Cullera (Spain) - Latina (Italy)

Maamoura (Tunisia) - Ustica (Italy)

Tyre (Lebanon)

Each element will be combined in a specific path to allow the tourist to discover the attractions.

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