PRIMA was presented by the President of PRIMA Foundation, at the Science/Business FP9 conference on the 27th June in Brussels.
The annual Science|Business Network conference focus on how international relations in science, technology and trade could be transformed – and how these changes will, in turn, affect the EU’s next flagship R&D effort, Framework Programme 9.
The preliminary results of the PRIMA SRIA Public Consultation were presented during the PRIMA General Assembly held on 5 June 2017 in Rome.
4PRIMA Stakeholder Forum: "Meeting for unlocking innovation to SMEs, industries, companies" Siena, 22 May 2017
The second PRIMA Stakeholder Forum was held at the University of Siena, Italy. The Forum aimed at engaging industrial actors in the Euro-Mediterranean Research and Innovation on food and water themes.
The work sessions organized during the event, were characterized by business case presentations and debates focusing on the current issues of innovations implemented in agri-food by companies supporting sustainable development. Sixteen business cases focusing on sustainability across the Mediterranean were illustrated.
4 May 2017, La Valletta Malta: Ministers of the Euro-Mediterranean adopted a Declaration which takes stock of progress made in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, looking ahead towards the implementation of the major initiatives in the area including PRIMA. Commissioner Moedas during the Euromed Ministerial Conference in Malta defined PRIMA as "the most ambitious innovation programme in the Mediterranean Region".
A first draft version for PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) has been jointly defined by 4PRIMA partners based on an initial broad consultation of relevant stakeholders. The SRIA aims at enabling the prioritization of 8 objectives to be pursued by PRIMA:
1. Smart and sustainable farming;
2. Water-saving solution;
On 26 April, the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) reached an agreement on the "PRIMA" initiative, which will pool the know-how and financial resources of the EU and participating states to help develop water provision and agro-food projects in the Mediterranean region.
Commission fosters research and innovation dialogue with the 10 (5+5) Western Mediterranean countries from the EU and North Africa
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, joined on 31 March 2017 in Tunisia the Forum for the Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, referred to as the "5+5 Dialogue".
1st PRIMA Stakeholders' Forum on research and innovation in the Mediterranean, Egypt 23-24 April 2017
The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkos and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghafar opened on 23 April 2017 the 1st PRIMA Stakeholders' Forum. The event aims at engaging stakeholders to open channels of information exchange and raising awareness about PRIMA.