Horizon 2020 – consultation on the Mediterranean research partnership

Public cosultation on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) in Horizon 2020

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PRIMA, Mediterranean partnership

PRIMA is focused on the development and application of innovative solutions for food systems and water resources in the Mediterranean basin.

It was proposed On 22 December 2014 by nine EU Member States, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. Czech Republic and Luxembourg, instead, have joined PRIMA at a later stage. Also seven non-EU countries, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, are taking part in PRIMA.

The current proposal aims to establish PRIMA as a public-public partnership (PPP) under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

A total of 200 million of euros has been committed to this initiative over a 10-year period starting in 2018.

Public consultation

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on PRIMA, in order to collect views and opinions on the scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the initiative. It specifically seeks input in relation to the preparation of a potential EU contribution to the initiative.

The consultation will run until 24 April 2016. Researchers, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders will be able to give their views on the scope, potential impact and make-up of the PRIMA initiative.

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