Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology
Mr Tahar HADJAR, Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Mr Carlos MOEDAS, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Mr Lembit UIBO, Ambassador PSC, Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU
On 26 October 2017, Algeria and the European Union signed an Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria setting out the terms and conditions for participation of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA).
Algeria was the first of a series of Partner Countries from the Mediterranean Area to sign an agreement with the EU governing its participation in PRIMA. It has also committed national funding amounting to €20 million euros to the PRIMA programme. This Agreement is provisionally applicable from signature, making Algeria the first third country not associated to Horizon 2020 that has become a PRIMA Participating State
The 3nd meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC) took place on the same date in Brussels. This meeting was an opportunity to review the main prospects for cooperation in the fields of food systems and water resources through PRIMA as well as through the Research and Innovation Initiative for Blue Jobs and Growth in the Mediterranean Area (BLUEMED), in the areas of marine and maritime research.
Opportunities in the context of EU-Africa cooperation were also discussed comprising the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA) and preparation for a joint research and innovation programme on renewable energy technology.
Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology
Algeria, 8-9 March 2016
The 2nd meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC) took place on 8 March 2016, in Algeria. The meeting was co-chaired by Ali Mokrani, Ministry of Foreign affairs and by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the European Commission Directorate- General for Research and Innovation (RTD). Both parties exchanged views on recent policy development as well as R&I cooperation priorities. Existing cooperation instruments and projects, as well as regional policy dialogue platforms were also presented. Among these, particular attention was paid to the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) with Africa, supported by a Horizon 2020 Project (RINEA) and cooperation in the EU-MED context supported by MEDSPRING (another EU funded project).
On March 9, the European Commission and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research organized an information session on the EU research and Innovation programmes. Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at RTD presented the EU Research and Innovation funding programme, Horizon 2020 that counts already with the participation of Algerian entities in 2 projects. Ms Russo also highlighted the important role that Algeria plays in multiple bi-regional platforms including the EU-Africa and EUROMED.
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General political context
The EU seeks to develop particular close relationship to Algeria, its geographical neighbour, and to support Algeria's economic and political reforms. The relationship emphasizes close cooperation on democratic reform, economic modernization, and migration issues. Algeria is a participant to the European Neighbourhood Policy. Algeria and the EU are bound by the legally binding treaty in the form of an Association agreement.
The Euro-Mediterranean Barcelona process started in 1995 and provides the political framework for Algeria-EU partnership. Within this framework, the EU in engaged in a reinforced cooperation with Algeria in research and innovation and an agreement on science and technology between the two sides was signed in April 2012 and ratified in June 2013. The agreement promotes the opening of ERA and European Research programmes to the Algerian participation. The implementation of this agreement remains a main priority of the bilateral cooperation.
Algeria is a member of the EU-MED Group of Senior Officials, the policy dialogue with the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and also participates in the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) with Africa
Algeria’s participation in the European Research Framework Programmes
Algerian entities have participated 9 times to 8 signed grants of collaborative, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Research Council (ERC) actions of Horizon 2020, receiving 0.6 million euros of direct EU contribution.
Algerian applicants were involved 57 times in 47 eligible proposals in all parts of Horizon 2020 excluding MSCA and ERC actions. Out of 25 high-quality (above threshold) proposals, 4 were mainlisted, leading to a success rate of 8.5% (as compared to 16.5% for non-associated countries and 14.7% overall). Algerian entities have 5 participations in 4 signed grants, receiving 0.6 million euros from EU.
Algerian applicants were involved 28 times in 21 eligible proposals for MSCA actions. Out of 11 high-quality proposals (above threshold), 6 were mainlisted. Algerian entities have participated 4 times in MSCA actions comprising 1 in Individual Fellowships (IF) and 3 in RISE actions). A total of 15 researchers of DZ nationality have participated in MSCA actions.
In FP7 Algerian entities have participated 51 times to 38 grants of collaborative, ERC and MC actions of FP7, receiving 3.7 million euros from the EU while 0.5 million euros is the non-EU budget.
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