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4Prima project and Prima Intiative at WEAM4i final workshop in Barcelona on 6 April 2017

4Prima project and Prima Initiative were presented during WEAM4i " Water and Energy Advanced Management for Irrigation" final workshop held in Barcelona on 6 April 2017, by CEBAS-CSIC.

 The aim of the workshop was to present the results of the project and its success case studies as well as to make synergies with the different projects and initiatives working on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus such as Prima initiative.

4PRIMA Stakeholders Fora: Egypt, Siena and Malta

 On 14 February 2017 Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Fathallah Sijilmassi, UfM Secretary General, discussed Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of research and innovation at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona. The discussions centered on ways to promote regional stability, human development and integration through Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in research and innovation.

Prima questionnaire for the analysis of the national rules of funding agencies

MHESRET (Morocco) and ANR (France) in charge of the “Evaluation of possible funding mechanisms” for the implementation of PRIMA initiative (WP6-task3) have prepared a questionnaire to analyze the national rules of each funding agency in order to identify possible constraints and limits.

 The questionnaire is available online: click here

 Submission deadline : 15 March 2017.

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On 12 December at CIHEAM Bari Italy, several international and EU bodies have particpated to Prima meeting (UfM, UNIDO, FAO, ICARDA, Arab Water Council, World Bank, DG RTD, DG DEVCO).

The aim of the meeting was   to identify, compare and create synergies between 4PRIMA member countries R&I programmes in water and food systems and programmes/initiatives promoted by regional, EU and international donors in the Mediterranean region.

PRIMA The Partnership for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area by Jack Metthey, Director for Climate Action & Resource Efficiency at the EC’s DG for Research&Innovation

In November 2016 Wsstp published an article about Prima Initiative in its  monthly newsletter:  

In 2012, a group of EU Member States and Mediterranean countries decided to act. Building on the Union for the Mediterranean and EU's Neighbourhood Strategy, this group pushed for an international R&I cooperation within the Council of the EU. Subsequently, the European Commission came forward with a legislative proposal for Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean –"PRIMA".

Presentation of PRIMA initiative at COP22, Marrakech

 ON 8th November 2016, Prof. Mohamed ABOUSSALAH, General Secratary of MHESRET, Prof Abdel-Ilah AFIFI, Director of Budget and General Affairs – MHESRET and National Coordinator of the PRIMA initiative and Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of PRIMA initiative, presented PRIMA initiative at COP22 Marrakech.

The Italian delegation meeting with Maltese Education Minister to discuss key issues on MED Agenda, Prima, Blue Med, Quantum tech

Italian Minister for Education, University and Research visit to Malta (October 5th, 2016) accompanied by an italian delegation including Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of the PRIMA Consortium

11th meeting of the agricultural ministers of CIHEAM’s member: Support PRIMA initiative

At the invitation of the Albanian authorities, the 11th Meeting of the Ministers of agriculture of the 13 Member States of CIHEAM took place in Tirana on the 22nd of September 2016. The Meeting focused on the root causes of distress migration from the point of view of agricultural development and food security.

4PRIMA presented in the framework of WEAM4i project in Spain

PRIMA initiative and 4PRIMA project were presented twice in the framework of the FP7 project named "Water & Energy Advanced Management for Irrigation" (WEAM4i) in Ejea de los Caballeros, near Zaragossa, Spain: