The GSO BLUEMED Working Group

The GSO BLUEMED Working Group is the steering body of the BLUEMED Initiative

Co-chaired by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission and the current co-chair of the Union for the Mediterranean, the country of Jordan, the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) is composed by officially appointed delegates from the Mediterranean countries and it is supported by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMS).

Aiming at promoting the extension of the BlueMed Initiative and the related activities to non-EU UfM countries willing to join, the GSO BlueMed Working Group also is engaged on:

  • facilitating and promoting the BlueMed SRIA adoption by the bordering Mediterranean countries;
  • promoting cooperation/joint actions with the two sub-regional Mediterranean Initiatives “EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region” (EUSAIR) and the “Western Mediterranean initiative” of the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG MARE);
  • liaising with relevant public and private organisations and programmes management authorities;
  • disseminating BlueMed achievements in high-level policy events and towards major framework programmes for research and innovation.

The BlueMed GSO Working Group works in close connection with the  BlueMed Coordination and Support Action (CSA).


BlueMed GSO Meetings

  • 2018, February 28, Bruxelles: Kick-off meeting;
  • 2018, October 23, Barcelona – UfM: 2nd GSO meeting;
  • 2019, April 4, Bruxelles – EC: 3rd GSO meeting;
  • 2019, November 7, Rimini – Ecomondo: 4th GSO meeting;
  • 2020, January, Venice: 5th GSO meeting;
  • 2020, June, online: 6th GSO meeting;
  • 2020, December 10, online: 7th GSO meeting.

BlueMed GSO WG members:

Currently, the BlueMed GSO WG Members are:

  • Sigi Gruber (co-chair, Italy, European Commission, DG RTD)
  • Mahmoud Abuhussein (co-chair, Jordan, UFM/Higher Council for Science and Technology – HCST)
  • Dror Angel (Israel, Univerity of Haifa)
  • Christos Aspris (Cyprus, Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development)
  • Sammari Cherif (Tunisia, Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM)
  • Aldo Drago (Malta, University of Malta)
  • Fabio Fava (Italy, Università di Bologna)
  • Aris Karageorgis (Greece, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research – HCMR)
  • Emmanuelle Klein (France, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation)
  • Feriel Louanchi (Algeria, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de la Mer et de l’Aménagement du Littoral – ENSSMAL)
  • Marta March (Spain, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness – MINECO) 
  • Baris Salihoglu (Turkey, Middle East Technical University)
  • Nayrah Shaltout (Egypt, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries)
  • Maria Snoussi (Morocco, University Mohammed V in Rabat)
  • Alessandra Sensi (Italy, UfM Secretariat)
  • Giuseppe Provenzano (Italy, UfM Secretariat)