PRIMA - Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area
Organisation and participation
In 2014, several EU member states (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) submitted a proposal for PRIMA to the European Commission which carried out an Impact Assessment and a public consultation on the issue and in October 2016 submitted a proposal for a decision by the European Parliament and the Council on the participation of the Union in a corresponding initiative according to Article 185 of the TFEU. The decision of the Parliament and the Council on the establishment of the initiative entered into force on August 7, 2017.
Currently, 19 countries are formal participants of the initiative. 11 EU member states (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain), as well as 8 Mediterranean partner countries - Israel, Tunisia and Turkey as countries associated to Horizon 2020 as well as Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco which have all signed a corresponding specific international agreement with the EU.
As the initiative is evolving over time, more participants from both EU and non-EU countries may join.
For the management of the initiative a corresponding body, the "PRIMA Foundation", has been set up in Barcelona.