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Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Vincent Reillon  (4th edition),

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

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Following a request made by nine Member States in December 2014, on 18 October 2016 the European Commission adopted a proposal to establish a new public-public Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) under Article 185 TFEU. PRIMA would focus on two key socioeconomic issues that are important for the region: food systems and water resources.

The decision adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in July 2017 establishes the partnership for a period of 10 years, and provides PRIMA with €220 million in EU funds from the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research, to match the commitments of the participating states. The proposal introduces derogations to the rules concerning participation in Horizon 2020 in order to allow third countries to join the partnerships.


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Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the participation of the Union in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) jointly undertaken by several Member States
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2016) 662 of 18.10.2016

2016/0325 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD – Parliament and Council on equal footing, formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Shadow rapporteurs:






Pilar Ayuso (EPP, Spain)

Patrizia Toia (S&D, Italy)

Notis Marias (ECR, Greece)

Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)

Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA, France)

David Borrelli (EFDD, Italy)

Procedure completed. Decision (EU) 2017/1324 of 4 July 20017

OJ L 185, 18.7.2017, p. 1

Stage: Adoption

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