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Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Through ERANET Joint Activities and Beyond

Public Consultation on PRIMA

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on a new research and innovation initiative for sustainable food production and improved water management in the Mediterranean area. PRIMA, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, will involve both EU and non-EU Mediterranean states. It will reinforce international cooperation in research and innovation to address the food and water-related challenges that are critical to the region's sustainable development.

The purpose of this open public online consultation it to collect views and opinions on the scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) initiative. It specifically seeks input in relation to the preparation of a potential EU contribution to PRIMA.

For the EC Press Release please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&year=2016&na=na-010216

For submiting your contribution please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/consultations/prima/consultation_en.htm

Approval of the Council Conclusions on the Euro-MED Partneriship on Research and Innovation.

The initiative for a renewed partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean Area has been a long-standing process which received particular impetus in 2012 with the "Euro-Mediterranean conference on Research and Innovation" held in Barcelona, and the informal debate held under the Cypriot Presidency.

As a follow-up to these meetings, a group of Member States joined by some Mediterranean Partner Countries launched the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area initiative (PRIMA), aiming at establishing a long-term structured partnership in research and innovation in the Mediterranean area in line with the principles of co-ownership, mutual interest and shared benefits and building on the multiple bilateral and multilateral research and innovation activities in the region.

In the last two years, the PRIMA initiative has worked with a view to preparing the building blocks for a Joint Programme based on an Article 185 initiative. Against this background, an exchange of views on strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation took place at the Council on 26 May 2014, and two informal discussions were organised respectively under the Hellenic and the Italian Presidencies.

In this context, the Italian Presidency proposed draft Council conclusions for adoption in order to acknowledge the work done by PRIMA and to invite the Commission to assess the participation of the Union to this programme on the basis of an Article 185 TFEU.

The draft conclusions have been discussed at the Working Party level in October and November 2014.The Permanent Representatives Committee is invited to examine the remaining open issues in view of the adoption of these draft conclusions by the Council (Competitiveness) of 4-5 December 2014.

The Draft Council conclusions on a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) Adoption are available here: