2's role is to enhance the science and technology base of the
Mediterranean Partner Countries and to improve their research
potential and innovation capacity. The programme's major priorities
focus on developing a set of strategic sectors, selected through
an extensive process of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue:
- the preservation and management of the region's vital, but scarce,
preservation of the region's rich cultural heritage and other
assets, such as marine ecology, which are key elements in the
important tourism industry;
promotion of healthy societies.
the first sector, which is critical to a smooth transition in
the implementation of a future free-trade zone beneficial to all
the partner countries, actions will focus on long-term economic
growth and boosting an entrepreneurial culture of technological
innovation in fields such as modern urbanisation, transport networks
and the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean information society.