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MED-TECHNO joint development projects in the field of treatment and re-use of wastewater

The European Commission has published a call for expressions of interest to propose a joint development project or a network in the context of the MED-TECHNO initiative in the field of treatment and re-use of wastewater using renewable sources of energy.

The call for expressions of interest is being launched in the context of the EU's policy to create a Euro-Mediterranean partnership. The Commission's Directorate-General for External Economic Relations, DG I, is developing a new activity with a twofold target:

- On the one hand, the MED-TECHNO initiative aims at improving the application of efficient technologies in the 12 Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) through supporting the cooperation of European expertise with users of technology and expertise based in the Mediterranean partners;
- On the other hand, the initiative is intended to stimulate cooperation between different Mediterranean partners in order to contribute to the development of regional approaches to common problems.

The subjects addressed by the MED-TECHNO '96 initiative will focus on the exploitation of municipal and/or industrial wastewater as an additional source of water. It will address the integration of renewable energies into the treatment and re-use of municipal and industrial wastewater in the Mediterranean partners.

The activities for which expressions of interest are invited are:

- Joint development projects at laboratory or small pilot project scale, including:

. Adaptation of existing technologies and the development of innovative solutions;
. Selection and training of appropriate personnel for the implementation and monitoring of the project;
. Socio-economic and environmental assessment, examination of cost benefits and application potential, evaluation of eventual barriers (including national legislation) and consideration of long-term impacts and consequences.

- Networks:

Networks of scientists, technical experts, industries, public administrations and authorities, NGOs, and other institutions which are active in the field (RTD or practical application) will be supported for up to 24 months.

The network should intensify the exchange and discussion of practical experience and scientific/technical know-how with the aim of identifying approaches and/or technologies which could help solve the specific problem(s) targeted by the network. Major bottlenecks (technical or political) which hinder successful applications of existing technologies are to be identified and ways and means to overcome these bottlenecks are to be proposed. The networks should prepare specific joint activities and should have the potential to continue after EU support has finished.

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