Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the area of Research and Innovation

Monday, 2 April 2012
A high-level conference is being held by the European Commission's Research and Innovation DG, in consultation with other departments, the European Parliament, the EU Member States and the Mediterranean countries.The main objectives are: * To define the objectives and main elements of a medium to long term agenda of Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation based on the views of leading scientists and senior policy makers as well as the experience gained from ongoing initiatives. * To promote a process of coordination between the European Commission, EU Member States and Mediterranean policies and programmes with the aim of enhancing the scientific capacities of the Mediterranean countries, increasing the impact and coherence of initiatives in the region as well as underlining the values of mutual respect, reciprocity and partnership. The Conference will be opened by Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, by Mrs. Carmen Vela Olmo, State Secretary for Research and Innovation Spain, by Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister for Economy and Knowledge Catalunia, Mr. Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training Morocco, the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and Mr. A. F. Correia de Campos of the European Parliament.