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Open Public Online Consultation: PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) in Horizon 2020

Policy field(s)
Research and Innovation
Target group(s)
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from research organisations and associations of research organisations, universities and associations of universities, public authorities (including regional and local administrations), local communities, large businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations (including farmer associations), inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individual citizens.
Period of consultation
From 01.02.2016  to 24.04.2016
Objective of the consultation
The purpose of this open public online consultation it to collect views and opinions on the scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) initiative. It specifically seeks input in relation to the preparation of a potential EU contribution to PRIMA.
How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
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Reference documents

On 22 December 2014, nine EU Member States – Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain – submitted a proposal for the participation of the EU in a joint research and innovation programme focused on the development and application of innovative solutions for food systems and water resources in the Mediterranean basin. This would be through an Article 185 TFEU initiative under Horizon 2020. The proposal has been named "PRIMA", which stands for "Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area". According to the proposal, the general objective of PRIMA is to reinforce cooperation in Research and Innovation (R&I) between Mediterranean countries in order to contribute to the challenges of sustainable food production and water resources management in the Mediterranean region. Seven non-EU countries are also taking part in PRIMA: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. A total of two hundred million euros have been committed for this initiative over a 10-year period starting in 2018. This figure includes the contribution from the Czech Republic and Luxembourg, which joined PRIMA at a later stage.

In line with the indications provided in the Better Regulation Guidelines, the European Commission services are now performing an Impact Assessment of the PRIMA initiative. The purpose of this process is to analyse the need and opportunity for an EU action in this domain and the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the alternative policy options.

Relevant links:

Contact details
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit I.2., Eco-Innovation

Postal address:

European Commission
DG Research & Innovation - Unit I.2., Eco-Innovation
B-1049 Brussels

Results of consultation and next steps
The contributions have been analysed by the European Commission and a short summary report, including a complete analysis of the replies, has been published on the PRIMA initiative page. You can also download the 547 replies whose authors gave us permission to publish (ZIP - 37 MB, containing each reply separately).