EC discusses research cooperation with 10 Western Mediterranean countries
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, met with the Forum for the Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, referred to as the "5+5 Dialogue", in Tunisia on 31 March 2017, in order to discuss ways of deepening cooperation in research and innovation between the EU and the Western Mediterranean. The dialogue involved ministers and high level ministerial representatives responsible for research and higher education from the countries participating to this sub-regional forum (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia), as well as the Secretaries General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)
At the meeting, Commissioner Moedas referred to the third of the "Three Os", "Open to the World, saying, "Horizon 2020, our research and innovation programme, is open to the world. Researchers or businesses from all over the globe can participate. I want to call on the Western Mediterranean countries to pursue their common objectives through our programme. It's the best means of addressing the common challenges that we face, such as water provision, agro-food systems, migration flows and climate change."
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