Open Public Online Consultation: PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) in Horizon 2020
|Research and Innovation|
|All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from research organisations and associations of research organisations, universities and associations of universities, public authorities (including regional and local administrations), local communities, large businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations (including farmer associations), inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individual citizens.|
|Period of consultation|
|From 01.02.2016 to 24.04.2016|
|Objective of the consultation|
|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.|
|How to submit your contribution|
|We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
|View the questionnaire|
Depending on the detail of your answers, you may want to reserve 15 minutes for completing the questionnaire.
On 22 December 2014, nine EU Member States – Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain – submitted a proposal for the participation of the EU in a joint research and innovation programme focused on the development and application of innovative solutions for food systems and water resources in the Mediterranean basin. This would be through an Article 185 TFEU initiative under Horizon 2020. The proposal has been named "PRIMA", which stands for "Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area". According to the proposal, the general objective of PRIMA is to reinforce cooperation in Research and Innovation (R&I) between Mediterranean countries in order to contribute to the challenges of sustainable food production and water resources management in the Mediterranean region. Seven non-EU countries are also taking part in PRIMA: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. A total of two hundred million euros have been committed for this initiative over a 10-year period starting in 2018. This figure includes the contribution from the Czech Republic and Luxembourg, which joined PRIMA at a later stage.
In line with the indications provided in the Better Regulation Guidelines, the European Commission services are now performing an Impact Assessment of the PRIMA initiative. The purpose of this process is to analyse the need and opportunity for an EU action in this domain and the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the alternative policy options.
|Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit I.2., Eco-Innovation|
|Results of consultation and next steps|
|The contributions will be analysed by the European Commission. A short summary report on the consultation including a complete analysis of the replies will be published here by 20 May 2016.|
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