International Cooperation



22 February 2019

Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology

Participants of the meeting

A week of bilateral meetings was held in Algiers between 18 and 21 February 2018 in the context of the Algeria-EU Association Agreement in force since 2005.

The week was kicked off on 18 February with two meetings where R&I played a central part. The 6th meeting of the Sub-committee on the Information Society, Research, Innovation Education, Audiovisual and Culture took place in the morning, chaired by Ali Mokrani, the director of cooperation with EU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and John O’Rourke, the EU Ambassador to Algeria. Algerian participation under Horizon 2020 and related initiatives (PRIMA, BLUEMED) as well as the priorities for R&I cooperation under Horizon Europe were part of the discussions.

The afternoon was dedicated to the 4th meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC). Here, representatives of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and of DG RTD exchanged views on the further implementation of the bilateral S&T agreement, in particular as it concerns supporting the optimum exploitation of the results of research and development. Other meetings were held during the week in the fields of justice, human rights, mobility and migration.

The R&I dialogue between policymakers was complemented by a technical training on participation to Horizon 2020. A two-day seminar organised by DG RTD in collaboration with the Agence thématique de recherche en sciences et technologie (ATRST) on 19 and 20 February provided around 120 Algerian researchers and innovators the tools for integrating Euro-Mediterranean consortia and engaging in mobility actions.

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26 October 2017

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.

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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

Under Horizon 2020 Algerian entities have participated 12 times to 11 signed grants, receiving 0.7 million euros of direct EU contribution.

Regarding internationally open, non bottom-up collaborative actions (therefore excluding projects under ERC, MSCA, SME Instrument and Access to Risk Finance) of Horizon 2020, Algerian applicants were involved 63 times in 53 eligible proposals. Out of 28 high-quality (above threshold) proposals, 6 were mainlisted, leading to a success rate of 11.3% (as compared to 17.7% for non-associated countries and 16.2% overall). Algerian entities have 6 participations in 5 signed grants, receiving 0.7 million euros from the EU.

Regarding the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Algerian applicants were involved 37 times in 26 eligible proposals for MSCA actions. Out of 15 high-quality proposals (above threshold), 8 were mainlisted. Algerian entities have participated 6 times in MSCA actions, including 1 in Individual Fellowships and 5 in RISE actions). A total of 47 researchers with Algerian nationality have participated in MSCA actions. In addition, one Algerian national was awarded an ERC grant.

In FP7 Algerian entities have participated 51 times to 38 grants of collaborative, ERC and MC actions, receiving 3.7 million euros from the EU while 0.5 million euros is the non-EU budget.

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European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Laura Hetel
Policy Officer
Unit RTD C.3 European Neighbourhood, Africa and the Gulf
Telephone: (+32) 229 81357

Laura Hetel