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Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area adopted by European Parliament

13/06/2017

The European Parliament has adopted a report by GUE/NGL Rapporteur Sofia Sakorafa on EU participation in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area today.

Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area adopted by European Parliament

Rapporteur, Sofia Sakorafa, explains: "It is a public-public partnership (PuP) to be implemented under Horizon 2020 rules. The Partnership aims for the development and adoption of innovative, integrated, comprehensive, inclusive and sustainable solutions for improving the efficiency, safety, security and sustainability of agro-food systems and water and provision management in the Mediterranean area."

Rapporteur, Sofia Sakorafa, explains: "It is a public-public partnership (PuP) to be implemented under Horizon 2020 rules. The Partnership aims for the development and adoption of innovative, integrated, comprehensive, inclusive and sustainable solutions for improving the efficiency, safety, security and sustainability of agro-food systems and water provision and management in the Mediterranean area."

In addressing key infrastucture issues for the region, the Partnership (referred to as PRIMA) also aims to address the migration challenge.

"Armed conflict, political instability, climate change, unsustainable resource management and growing populations are all major factors that contribute to migration.

"Similarly, access to food water and sanitation is of paramount political, social and economic importance in the region.

"These huge challenges are inextricably linked and that is why PRIMA is one of the rare efforts examples of EU Science Diplomacy which I believe can contribute to helping the inhabitants of the Mediterranean to avoid their forced displacement.

"It is perhaps a gleam of light; a small but important victory," the Greek MEP remarked after the vote.

"The final text reflects GUE/NGL's key positions on exclusive focus on civil application, on the respect of fundamental rights and on the right to water and sanitation.

"However, despite my satisfaction I cannot but underline the obvious: the phenomenon of migration is of such grand magnitude that this initiative or similar ones, though necessary, are but a drop in the ocean compared to the size of the problem that needs to be addressed," Sakorafa concludes.

 

 

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