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5 December 2014

MEDSPRING - 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage and Venturing Event on Research and Innovation, Berlin

On the 24th-25th February 2015, MedSpring is organizing in Berlin (Germany), a two-days event, hosted by DLR, in collaboration with MHESR, MCST, ANIMA and CIHEAM-IAMB, entitled:

“Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage and Venturing Event on Research and Innovation”.

Coming to its second edition and building on the 1st Brokerage event (held in Cairo in February 2014), this 2nd Brokerage event will be a regional Euro-Mediterranean event where SMEs, research organizations, entrepreneurs and scientists from a number of EU and Mediterranean countries will participate with the aim of facilitating bridging initiatives between research and innovation through the creation of public-private and research-enterprise partnerships. It also aims at helping relevant actors in the Mediterranean region to enhance clustering for innovation involving young entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean Partner Countries. The brokerage event will stimulate the participation of representatives of identified innovation clusters from different European countries. Existing regional networks or cluster initiatives will also be involved in the event to help trigger local to regional commercial-technology partnerships.

More than 60 participants (young entrepreneurs/researchers, start-ups, researcher institutions, tech-driven enterprises, SMEs and other relevant private/public potential investors/networks) from European and South Mediterranean Countries will meet in Berlin to share their interest and proposals for stronger cooperation. Amongst them, about 20 entrepreneurs are invited to present their innovative ideas.

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25 November 2014

Launch of the ERANETMED joint call

Photo of the participants 1st Annual Meeting of the ERANETMED in El Gouna, Egypt

On the 1 November 2014 was launched the ERANETMED Joint Call on Renewable Energies, Water Resources and their connections for the Mediterranean Region.

ERANETMED is an EU FP7 initiative that aims at co-ordinating research activities of the different national research programmes from EU Members States, Associated Countries to the EU Research Framework Programmes and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Building on the joint interest of Research Programme Owners, the present Call is launched based on a Virtual Common Pot scheme, where each Funding Agency funds its own national research organizations within a multilateral project selected through a peer review process.

This Call is co-funded by the following Euro-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey.

The total financial contribution to the Call is 13 420 000 euro.

Who can apply: Research teams from the above mentioned countries are eligible for funding, unless otherwise specified in national rules of funding agencies which will be published on the official launch of the joint call. Research teams from other countries are eligible provided that they fund their own involvement.

Themes and scientific scope

  • Renewable energies and energy efficiency (call identifier: JC-ENERGY-2014)
  • Water resources management (call identifier JC-WATER-2014)
  • ENERGY-WATER nexus (call identifier: JC-NEXUS-2014)

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 of January 2015

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For further information please contact Fadila Boughanemi, DG RTD

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Policy dialogue

Following the European Council in Lisbon (June 1992), the European Union established a new framework for its relations with the Mediterranean countries with a view to forming a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. This Partnership became a reality at the Barcelona Conference of November 1995, which brought together Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States and the Mediterranean non-member countries. The Partnership is based on political, security, economic, financial, cultural, social and human affairs. A Monitoring Committee (MoCo) for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation was created in 1995 to monitor and promote cooperation in Research, Technology and Development. This bi-regional cooperation was given new impetus at the Paris summit in 2008. The 'Union for the Mediterranean – UfM' was launched. It was decided to focus the relations on six main axes including Research.

These six axes are:

  1. Depollution for the Mediterranean
  2. Maritime and land highways: security and safety
  3. Civil protection
  4. Alternative energies
  5. Higher education and research
  6. Mediterranean Business development initiative (with a focus on SMEs)

In terms of bilateral relations, the current EU policy dialogue with the Mediterranean countries is framed within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which was established in 2004 with the objective of strengthening relations with Southern and Eastern neighbours. The ENP was reviewed in 2011 to adapt it to the changes in the Southern Mediterranean region. In May 2011, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission published a joint communication (COM (2011) 303) presenting a new approach to strengthen the partnership between the EU and the neighbourhood countries. In terms of Research and Innovation, it suggests to work towards the establishment of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space (CKIS), which pulls together policy dialogue, national and regional capacity-building, cooperation in research and innovation and increased mobility of researchers.

Research and Innovation policy framework

EU bilateral Science and Technology cooperation agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and soon Algeria focus on strengthening the bilateral policy dialogues and promoting cooperation.

In addition to the bilateral policy dialogues, the Monitoring Committee (MoCo) for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in Research, Technology and Development plays a key role as a bi-regional policy dialogue platform bringing together EU Member States and all Mediterranean Partner Countries. The MoCo plays a central role in stimulating Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in research and innovation and was assigned the task by the Council of making recommendations for the joint implementation of RTD policy priorities.

The first ministerial conference on Higher Education and Research led to the Cairo Declaration (2007) 'Towards a Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Area' and constitutes a policy framework for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in research and higher education.