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Prima Initiative


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Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean

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Prima Initiative

  1. 1. PRIMA Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Art.185 TFEU UNIMED WEEK Wanda Gaj European Commission - DG RTD - I Brussels, 28 March 2017
  2. 2. Research and Innovation PARTNERSHIP FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA (PRIMA) A joint programme on sustainable food systems and water resources for the development of inclusive, sustainable and healthy Euro-Mediterranean societies Up to 2014: Cypriot Presidency: commitment to establish a long-term structured partnership in R&I in the Mediterranean area (July 2013) Euro-Mediterranean conference on Research and Innovation (Barcelona 2012) 5 December 2014: In its conclusions, the Competitiveness Council "invites the Commission […] to assess as soon as possible whether a participation of the Union in the PRIMA Joint Programme on the basis of Article 185 TFEU is justified by the scope of the objectives pursued and the scale of the resources required" 23 December 2014: submission of the Art. 185 PRIMA proposal by MS and third countries 2015: Commissioner Moedas asks the EC services to initiate the procedure for an Art. 185 and launch of the impact assessment process 2 Background
  3. 3. Research and Innovation Proposal EU MS and MPC  Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) enables the EU to make provision for its participation in research and development programmes undertaken by several Member States, including participation in the structures created for the execution of those programmes.  Article 185 initiatives may only be proposed by the Commission in cases where:  there is a need for a dedicated implementation structure (DIS)  there is a high level of commitment of Participating States to integration at scientific, management and financial levels.
  4. 4. Research and Innovation 4 Participating States  Member States: Cyprus, (Czech Republic), France, (Germany), Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Spain  H2020 Associated Third Countries: Israel and Tunisia  H2020 non-Associated Third Countries: Egypt, (Jordan), Lebanon and Morocco (international agreements)  Algeria, Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey have announced their intention to join. PRIMA Participating States
  5. 5. Research and Innovation Institutional State of Play • Impact Assessment completed in summer 2016 • Commission Proposal October 2016 (budgetary implications: Commission contribution as part of Horizon 2020) 5
  6. 6. Institutional State of Play • Interinstitutional process • Council: position approved at Coreper on 8 March • Parliament: ITRE vote on position on 22 March • Trilogue: 11 April • Final steps (tentative schedule) • April-May: internal approval process in Council & EP • 15-18 May: adoption in EP plenary • 30 May: political agreement at Competitiveness Council • June/July: formal adoption at a Council meeting
  7. 7. Next steps: Administrative: • Setting up of Implementation Structure PRIMA-IS (consortium) • ex-ante assessment of PRIMA-IS (Commission) • Delegation Act, Approval of Annual Work Plan and Adoption of Financing Decision International: • Conclusion of international agreements
  8. 8. Next steps (2): Scientific: • Elaboration of SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda) • Elaboration of Annual Work Plan 2018 • First call 2018
  9. 9. • Evidence from “gaps analysis”:  Literature review and mapping of existing research experiences and cooperation projects on the PRIMA general objectives • Experts & Stakeholders opinions:  Survey on prioritization of objectives circulated among selected PRIMA Stakeholders and the general public • Face to face events • Relevance through SDGs:  Correlations between PRIMA objectives and SDGs Scientific : CSA 4PRIMA - Priorization Criteria Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Topic SC5-12-2016 (One Stage) Partners: Italy (Coordinator), Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia 9
  10. 10. Research and Innovation Pillars of the PRIMA proposal
  11. 11. Research and Innovation SRIA – Conclusion • New version of the SRIA to be made available by mid-April • Web-based public consultation at the end of April (before the Euro-Med Conference, Malta, 3-4 May 2017) 11
  12. 12. Research and Innovation Timeline (tentative) 12