EU to work with Mediterranean partners on research and innovation
Today, a provisional deal with the European Parliament on the participation of the EU in a partnership to develop innovative solutions for sustainable water provision and management and food production in the Mediterranean region was struck.
The deal has been struck under the Maltese Presidency. The initiative, known as PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area), will pool the know-how and financial resources of the EU and participating states. The partnership currently involves nine member states: Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal; and six non-EU countries: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
The EU's participation will include a contribution of €220 million from its Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the "Horizon 2020" Programme.