22-23 October 2012, Amman
Outcome of the International Conference on Mediterranean Countries and EU opportunities
The issues debated during the International Conference on Mediterranean Countries and EU opportunities focused on the evolution of Euro-med cooperation:
- Meaning and possible results of the new strategy of co-ownership and co-responsibility of EU initiatives;
- Finding together concrete solution to existing barriers for cooperation;
- Promoting networking and synergies among the projects co-financed by European Commission in order to create further opportunities of cooperation;
- Bringing research and innovation closer together in cooperation projects;
Exploring fields where the common interest, including innovation outcomes and co-ownership, could results in short and medium term benefits.
See the full report of the event.
20 March 2012, Brussels
Report on the 2nd EU-Jordan S&T Committee
The second Joint Committee meeting with Jordan took place in Brussels on 20 March 2012. The meeting was carried out jointly with the ENP sub-committee meeting on research and innovation. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Leonidas Karapiperis, Advisor Relations with International Organisations at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation and Dr. Khaled El-Shuraydeh, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan. Representatives from EEAS, DG EAC and DG INFSO attended on the EU side.
The Jordanian Delegation also included: representatives of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the International Cooperation Department of the HCST, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Audio-Visual Commission and the Jordanian Mission to the EU.
Recent developments in R&I
Both sides exchanged information on recent developments in policy and programmes relating to research and innovation.
- The EU side provided information on Europe 2020, the Innovation Union, Horizon 2020 and the development of a new international strategy for research and innovation.
- The Jordanian side provided information on the recently established National Science and Technology Innovation Policy and Strategy 2012-2016. In terms of Research and Development the priority areas identified are water, energy, food security and health. In terms of innovation, Jordan shows a clear commitment to translate its current fragmented approach to innovation into a national strategy around 6 innovation clusters: medical and pharmaceutical, ICT, clean technologies, architecture and construction, education and career development and banking and finance.
- Jordan is currently the 4th most active partner in FP7 in the Mediterranean region, directly after Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, involved in 25 projects. The highest level of cooperation in terms of proposals received is in environment, food, agriculture and biotechnologies and ICT.
- A few of the projects that were discussed: ERA-Wide projects for their capacity-building benefits and the ICT project JOIN-MED for its ability to unite actors in the area of ICT during a period of political difficulties in the Mediterranean region. The ENPi funded project SRTD that aims to increase the contribution of Jordan's Research and Technological Development and Innovation sectors to Jordan's economic growth and employment was also discussed. The BILAT project EU-JordanNET that will allow Jordan to organise a regional event in October 2012 to link it better to the INCO-NET MIRA.
- The Marie Curie actions open to Jordan were presented in detail. Until now, 3 Jordanian institutions and 4 Jordanian researchers have participated in FP7 Marie Curie Actions. The EU encouraged Jordan to make better use of the scheme. The soon to be nominated People National Contact Point should certainly help improve the situation.
The International Cooperation objectives of DG Research and Innovation that aim to increase relevance and impact were discussed:
- The "general opening" of the Framework Programme and its central criterion of scientific excellence. Several ideas were discussed to help Jordan increase its participation. The distinction was made with the ENP instrument, which includes capacity-building measures.
- Principles of common interest and mutual benefit: common challenges such as climate change or food security are better addressed together.
- Promotion of cooperation at bi-regional level to increase the impact of the cooperation: Jordan was encouraged to play an important role in the Euro-Mediterranean Monitoring Committee on Research Development and Innovation (MoCo) and the INCO-NET project MIRA. The Euro-Mediterranean Conference that will take place in Barcelona on 2 and 3 April was discussed extensively, especially in terms of thematic priority setting for the region; Dr. Khaled El-Shuraydeh has participated in the Steering Committee of this conference and expressed his intention to participate in the Conference.
- Improved coordination of research policies and programmes: in line with the conclusions of the last MoCo meeting that include the request of the Mediterranean region to focus cooperation on co-ownership and co-funding, the probability of launching an ERA-NET or ERA-NET Plus for the region was presented (planned for the Capacities WP2013).
- Improved synergies with the external policy of the EU: holding the Joint Committee meeting and the ENP sub-committee together allows for the creation of synergies between FP7 and the ENP in the area of research and innovation. The ENP Action Plan integrates research and innovation capacity-building. Moreover, the ENPi funded SRTD project has started its second phase early 2012 receiving another EU contribution of 5 Meuros.
- It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Amman, Jordan, in 12 to 18 months' time. Both parties agreed that a continuous exchange of information should take place in the meantime, with the possibility to organise a video-conference.