EU Research Ministers on Friday affirmed their commitment to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in research and innovation, as well as the readiness of their countries to engage in the preparation of a joint research programme for the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The Ministers, who met during the Informal Competitiveness Council that took place in the Cypriot capital Nicosia also expressed their willingness to work towards simplification of research programmes in order to reduce administrative burden and ease access to participants.
The meeting was hosted by Minister Dr. Stavros Malas, who has the responsibility for the research portfolio during the Cyprus Presidency, with the participation of Ms Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Sciences, and of Research Ministers from the EU member states and the European Free Trade Area countries.
Ministers exchanged views on the promotion of the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in research and innovation, reiterating their willingness to work consistently towards a renewed partnership, based on the principles of co-ownership, mutual interest and shared benefit.
They underlined their commitment to take part in the preparation of a joint research programme for the region, using an article of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, which enables the European Commission to take part in research programmes undertaken jointly by several Member States. Also, there was broad acceptance by Ministers to focus on themes that relate to the societal challenges affecting the region, namely, climate change and energy. Maritime and Social Sciences and Humanities were also raised as important themes for cooperation.
Source: EU NEIGHBOURHOOD INFO CENTRE