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Strengthening EU-MPC ICT policy dialogue and collaborative research towards H2020

January 15, 2014

News_EU-Med_Sigma-OrionisThe kick-off meeting of the MED-Dialogue FP7 Project (project period: 01/01/2014-30/06/2016) has been held held yesterday and the day before in Amman, Jordan. This meeting was convened by the Project Coordinator (Thies Wittig, IT Consult) and kindly hosted by the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT).

The MED-Dialogue initiative will mainly aim at enhancing EU-MPC (European Union – Mediterranean Partner Countries) policy dialogue and collaborative research in the field of ICT (Information Communication Technologies). The Partnership is composed of 4 European and 7 Mediterranean partners: IT Consult, Germany / Planet, Greece / Sigma Orionis, France / ATC, Greece / Ministry of Communications & Information Technologies, MCIT, Egypt / Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, USMBA, Morocco / Institut Supérieur de Gestion et de Planification, ISGP, Algeria / Centre National de l’Informatique, CNI, Tunisia / Princess Sumaya University for Technology, PSUT, Jordan / Palestine Academy of Science & Technology, Palestine / National Council for Scientific Research, CNRS, Lebanon.

The consortium members widely discussed the detailed project activities/workplan (Work-Packages, WP and Tasks, T) and the main objectives of the initiative which are fourfold:

  • Support, through a flexible modular approach, the Dialogue between the EU and the Region by providing on demand customized and timely input solidly documented on all Horizon 2020 aspects;
  • Raise awareness on the Horizon 2020 first Calls for Proposals and assist the organisations in the Region to build proposals and identify partners in order to increase their participation in the Programme;
  • Support the EC in the preparation of the Horizon 2020 work-programme 2016-17, by identifying strengths and opportunities in the MPC (through identified and validated ICT priorities) for mutually beneficial cooperation;
  • Support the coordination of International Cooperation instruments in the Mediterranean region by exploiting synergies of running projects and make recommendations for future INCO activities under H2020.

Sigma Orionis was represented by Karine Valin, Managing Director: “We are very happy to be part of this partnership and we have good reasons to think that we will significantly contribute to the development of S&T cooperation in ICT between the two regions”. Sigma Orionis will contribute to a number of activities including: a position paper, the ‘MPC ICT Priorities/Vision 2014’ documents, a set of recommendations to the EC (Horizon 2020 ICT WP 2016-2017 + INCO strategy), links with the main ICT ETPs, H2020 awareness and training events, networking events for building consortia, cooperation strategy between all running EU-MPC projects, help-desk services, etc.

During the meeting, each Work Package (WP) and Task (T) leaders presented the activities to be carried on and agreed on a common strategic workplan for the coming months. Thorough and fruitful discussions led partners to express their full confidence in the capacity of the consortium to achieve its goals and thus to significantly enhance EU-MPC collaboration in the field of ICT.

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