Agency for sustainable Mediterranean cities and territories (AViTeM)

The main objective of the Agency is to establish a mechanism for the exchange of experience, expertise, cooperation and training, to enable promotion integrated and exemplary initiatives of urban and territorial development in the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is a response to strong demand of cooperation from Mediterranean countries in the areas of processes, tools and methods, for the implementation of effective urban and territorial planning against a backdrop of regionalisation and decentralisation.
Public consortium, the Agency was set up on 3 February 2012 in Marseilles by its founding members: France's central government (DATAR), regional and local authorities (Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Communauté urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole, Communauté d'agglomération Toulon Provence Méditerranée, Ville de Marseille, with the addition of Metropole Nice-Côte d'Azur), Euroméditerranée, a public organisation, and private sector (Institut de la Méditerranée).

AViTem must allow by its activities to gather and federate the experiences of the Mediterranean countries as regards urban and territorial sustainable development, in an area where this question constitutes a major stake and one of the priorities of the project of the Union for the Mediterranean.

AVITEM has in particular the following roles:

  • formation, marked by the creation of a Cycle of high-level seminars bound for decision makers of the Mediterranean countries;
  • territorial co-operation, with exemplary integrated projects integrated of urban and territorial development in Mediterranean countries;
  • territorial futurology, capitalization and sharing of experiences in order to allow the emergence of concepts and operational modes of actions of urban and territorial sustainable development.

AViTeM addresses mainly the decision-makers regarding territorial development in the various scales of the public action: ministries, States structures at national and local levels, local and territorial authorities of the Mediterranean countries. In a more precise way, the Agency will mainly treat questions of organization and public governance related to the implementation of integrated urban and territorial policies.

The Agency will thus propose a set of competences, legal, administrative and technical tools and of process control necessary to the consistency of the various public and private actors who intervene on big integrated urban and territorial projects. The three levels of co-ordinations necessary to the integrated project monitoring are concerned:

  • the State level and the various forms of coordination between central administrations and territorial projects,
  • relations and forms of contracts between the State level and the local administration or decentralized levels of public action,
  • co-ordinations between the territorial actors lincked to the private civil society and the private sector acting in the big integrated urban and territorial projects.