MEPIELAN Centre, advancing its innovative activity as INGO, proceeded to a cooperative agreement with the EPLO. More specifically, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 30 December, 2022 between the Mediterranean Programme for International Environmental Law and Negotiation (MEPIELAN Centre), represented by its Director Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos, and the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), represented by its Director, Professor Spyridon Flogaitis.
Since MEPIELAN and EPLO share common objectives with regard to the promotion of innovative approaches and practices in regard to environmental law, sustainability governance, energy transition, environmental trust democracy and international negotiation process, this MoU reflects the intention of the two bodies to promote cooperation in the field of scientific research, education, training and teaching to further their shared goals and objectives in terms of intergenerational equity, participatory environmental governance and capacity building in international negotiation.
The main areas of cooperation under MoU include:
- Environmental Law, Participatory Governance and Human Rights in Europe and in the Mediterranean
- International Environmental Negotiation as governance for Constructive International Common Interest
- Energy Transition Governance and Climate Change
- The Barcelona Convention system for the Protection and Sustainable Governance of the Mediterranean Region
The cooperation of the two bodies will be implemented through the cooperation mechanism provided in the MOu and will be carried out by joint projects, activities and educational and training programmes, including the development of relevant publications derived from this cooperation.
The MoU will remain in force for a period of five years.
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About the author
MEPIELAN Centre is an international research, training and educational centre established by Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos at the Panteion University of Athens in 2008.
Before its establishment as a University Centre, MEPIELAN operated as a successful international research, training and informational programme (2002-2007) under the scientific direction of Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos and the aegis of the Panteion University of Athens, supported by the Mediterranean Action Plan/UNEP and the Greek Ministry of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works.
MEPIELAN Centre is an accredited UNEP/MAP PARTNER (since 2013), a Member of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) (since 2016), and a Member of the Steering Committee of the MCSD (since 2019).
On 22 May 2022, MEPIELAN Centre proceeded to the development of MEPIELAN as a Non- Profit Civil Organization (INGO) for the more effective and efficient advancement of its Goals and Missions and furtherance of its activities. MEPIELAN Centre as a Non- Profit Civil Organization (INGO) is registered in Greek Law (Hellenic Business Registry, Reg. No. 16477300100) in accordance with Laws 4072/2012 & 4919/2022 as applicable