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MED-Dialogue Project: strengthening EU-MPC ICT policy dialogue and collaborative research towards H2020

The official kick-off meeting of the newly launched MED-Dialogue Project (GA #611433 - 01/01/2014-30/06/2016) was held on January 13-14, 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

This meeting was convened by the Project Coordinator (Thies Wittig, IT Consult) and kindly/efficiently hosted at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT). The MED-Dialogue initiative will run for 30 months and 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/work-plan and the main objectives of the initiative that 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 future Horizon 2020 work-programmes, 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. During the meeting, each activity leader presented the activities to be carried out 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. For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.med-dialogue.eu.