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In a world now dominated by globalisation, Mediterranean countries are potentially important commercial partners for the EU. This is especially true with regard to food, agriculture and biotechnology research. Drawing on experiences gained from the FP6 framework programme, MEDA GO TO EUROPE aims to achieve a better, faster and more balanced implementation of the FP7 framework programme, which includes the participation of Mediterranean nations. Therefore, the project brings together partners from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria, as well as European participants from France, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Romania and Turkey.


MEDA GO TO EUROPE intends to reinforce the active collaboration between European and Mediterranean countries, favouring commercial and scientific links in the area of food, agriculture and biotechnology. The aim is to increase the number of organisations involved as partners in FP7 projects, as well as increasing the quantity and quality of research projects proposed by Mediterranean partners that are not part of MEDA GO TO EUROPE, but which benefit from the support of its participants. A further aim is to encourage more Mediterranean SMEs to take part in different kinds of food-related projects.

By taking advantage of all the abilities and networking potential of its participants, the project maps organisations interested in FP7 and supports the matchmaking process between them and their European counterparts. It assists those interested in European Community funded projects during the preparation of proposals and provides tailor-made training for researchers, as well as technical and service centres.

Networking with potential partners is crucial to the successful integration of SMEs in FP7, which places them at the centre of its priorities. MEDA GO TO EUROPE endeavours to promote SME participation in EU projects by identifying their specific needs and supporting them in submitting proposals, joining ongoing projects or projects in preparation.

MEDA GO TO EUROPE pays special attention to the individual collaboration needs of Mediterranean countries. The planned dissemination policy at the end of the project will highlight the fact that international cooperation can have significant political, commercial and scientific advantages for both EU and non-EU Mediterranean countries.


The reasoning behind an increased participation of non-EU Mediterranean countries in EU-funded projects is to improve the health and well-being of consumers. This includes access for all people at all times to sufficient good quality food, allowing them to lead active lives. It is important to reinforce European links with Mediterranean countries, as their geographical proximity favours commercial relationships in the food, agriculture and biotechnology sectors.

In a wider EU policy context, MEDA GO TO EUROPE contributes to the implementation of the Barcelona Process, which creates the regional framework for political, social and economical relationships between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours. In the same fashion, this Specific Support Action also has benefits for the EU's Neighbouring Policy, which is aimed at establishing privileged relations between bordering countries, based on common values such as the market economy and democracy.

List of Partners

  • Association de Coordination Technique pour l'Industrie Agroalimentaire (France)
  • Alma Consulting Group (France)
  • Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Italy)
  • The Brussels Enterprise Agency (Belgium)
  • AINIA Centro Tecnológico (Spain)
  • Univerza na Primoskem, Znanstvenoraziskovalno sredisce Koper (Slovenia)
  • Institute of Food Bioresources (Romania)
  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Turkey)
  • Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de la Petite et Moyenne Entreprise (Morocco)
  • Centre Technique pour l'Industrie Agroalimentaire (Morocco)
  • Partners Agroconsulting (Tunisia)
  • Centre Technique Agroalimentaire (Tunisia)
  • Food Technology Research Institute (Egypt)
  • Food Technology Centre (Egypt)
  • VITECH Consulting (Lebanon)
  • University of Science and Technology Mohamed Boudiaf Oran (Algeria)
Full title:
Enhancing the participation of Mediterranean countries in the area of food, agriculture and biotechnology in Framework Programme 7
Contract n°:
Project co-ordinator:
Christophe Cotillon,
Association de Coordination Technique pour l'Industrie Agroalimentaire
EC Scientific Officer:
Jean-François Maljean,
EU contribution:
€ 725,000
Specific Support Action

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