International agreement on Egypt's participation in PRIMA
The European Union and Egypt have successfully concluded negotiations for an international agreement for Egypt's participation in the Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). This agreement, which was initialed on 27 July 2017, constitutes an important step towards the full integration of Egypt in PRIMA from its beginning, expected in early 2018. Egypt has played an important role together with the European Commission in developing this initiative since 2012.
The PRIMA initiative is funded by the EU research and innovation program Horizon 2020 (€ 220 million) and by funding from participating countries (currently €274 million). The partnership currently consists of 19 participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
The main objective of the ten-year initiative (2018 – 2028), is to devise new research & innovation approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth.
The full press release can be found on the website of the European Union Delegation to Egypt