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9 February 2014
Commission launches Horizon 2020 in South Mediterranean region: "Meeting EuroMed Common Challenges" Conference

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Dr. Elizabeth Lipiatou addressing the participants during the opening session

The European Commission organized a regional conference on Sunday 9 February 2014 to launch Horizon 2020 in the EuroMed region. The conference, "Meeting EuroMed Common Challenges", brought together around 500 policy makers, researchers, representatives from academia and industry and research institutes, technology transfer centers, incubators, and technology platforms from the Euromed region. Participants and speakers came from all over the Euromed region, including Egypt, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan as well as representatives of the EC.

The opening session was addressed by Dr. Hazem Manosur, assistant Minister of Scientific research, and Dr. Elizabeth Lipiatou, Head of the Unit responsible for European Neighbourhood, Africa and Gulf countries at the Directorate General of Research and Innovation in the European Commission. The exhibition of success stories was opened by H.E. Prof. Ramzy George, Egyptian Minister of Scientific Research, and H.E. Ambassador James Moran, Head of European Union Delegation to Egypt.

Ambassador Moran said: "Horizon 2020 offers many opportunities for addressing EuroMed common societal challenges through cooperation in research and innovation. The programme will support scientists and researchers from courtiers across the two shores of the Mediterranean to work together. This is essential to social prosperity, political stability and economic sustainability, as well as the future prosperity of the region."

The conference succeeded in promoting Horizon 2020 and presenting its different components/programmes. Different parallel sessions at the conference initiated a dialogue and fostered knowledge sharing among stakeholders in different thematic areas of research and innovation. It also enabled policy makers, development organizations, research institutions and private sector to share their know-how, explore gaps and links between research and innovation, as well as develop an understanding of how research and innovation initiatives could create complementarities and synergies that allow leveraging potentials and addressing societal challenges in the region.

Proceedings of the conference will be posted on the conference website

Contact person:Dr. Heba Gaber, Delegation of the EU to Egypt


9 February 2014
Horizon 2020 Launch in Israel

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DG Smits makes a point during the panel discussion

Horizon 2020 was officially launched in Israel on 3 February 2014 at the Open University in Ra'anana. The event, organised by ISERD, attracted over 400 participants from academia, government and the private sector.

The number of participants and the lively exchanges that took place during question time and in the corridors highlighted Israeli researchers' keen interest in Horizon 2020. Keynote speeches were given by EC Director General Robert-Jan Smits and Israel's Chief Scientist Avi Hasson. These were followed by presentations by John Bell, Director Bioeconomy and Jean-David Malo, Head of Unit SMEs, Financial- instruments and State Aid at DG Research and Innovation, and DG Enterprise's special advisor Khoen Liem.

The evening before the launch, a dinner was held at the Head of Delegation's residence which provided the opportunity to discuss Israeli research and innovation, and the ongoing and future cooperation with the EU, with guests who included government officials, academics, entrepreneurs, ERC laureates and Nobel Prize winner Ada Yonath. Robert-Jan Smits and John Bell also visited Israel's Agricultural Research Organization, the Volcani Centre, where they learned about the Ministry of Agriculture's involvement in applied agricultural research through close cooperation between farmers and researchers

For more information, please contact Alexandra Meir, EU Delegation in Tel Aviv.


Seminar 12-16 January 2014, Sakhnin
The Challenges of Water and Wastewater Treatment for Rural Areas

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Between 12 and 16 January 2014, over fifty Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians gathered for an intensive technical seminar on wastewater treatment which was organized by the Towns Association for Environmental Quality – Agan Beit Natufa (TAEQ) and the Migal Galilee Research Institute. The seminar was held in TAEQ’s prize winning Green Building, in Sakhnin -North Israel, which came first in the 2006 EU Med Enec competition for energy efficiency in the construction sector. The participants included water specialists, academics, students, public authority representatives, civil society organisations and water technology companies. The seminar combined lectures, site visits, roundtables, as well as an exhibition and demonstration of the latest commercial technological developments.

The EU hosted a session devoted to water related projects funded under various EU programmes - the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the Cross Border Cooperation (Mediterranean Sea Basin), EU Partnership for Peace and SWIM (Sustainable Water Integrated Management). The session was opened by Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, Head of the EU Delegation to Israel, and its aim was to enhance the synergies between projects funded by different EU Programmes and enhance their impact. Topics ranged from the treatment of olive mill wastewater through climate change and water security to the management of transboundary water basins. A presentation was also given of the EU’s new research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 with a particular emphasis on the water sector and international cooperation activities. The seminar could be seen as a small but significant example of 'science diplomacy' where participants shared knowledge to address common challenges in the complex and strategic Middle East region.

Contact persons:
Angela Liberatore, Deputy HoU Unit C3 European Neighbourhood, Africa and the Gulf
Alexandra Meir, EU Delegation in Tel Aviv


12 December 2013
Horizon 2020 - Open to the World Launch Event

The Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will host an event for the international Diplomatic Corps accredited to the European Union to highlight the openness to the world of Horizon 2020, on the 12th of December, in Brussels.

International Cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Horizon 2020 integrates research and innovation and it is the largest multinational programme of its kind, fully open to the participation of international partners.

Following the speech of the Commissioner, three researchers will testify what are the benefits and opportunities offered by the EU Framework programmes to the world.

Read more on the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 here.

Video of launch event here.




Policy Update
issue 43, March 2014

  • The negotiations on Switzerland's association to Horizon 2020 could not be completed.
  • Horizon 2020 Launch in Israel.
  • Launch of Horizon 2020 in ASEAN countries
              ...and much more

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