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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Co-op & Development, Energy, Environment, Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union, Mediterranean countries

Category: Call for proposals

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Participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey

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Funds for: Promoting the Mediterranean food products by improving traceability and authenticity controls of products
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Promoting the Mediterranean food products by improving traceability and authenticity controls of products
Main beneficiaries: Any legal entity

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* Value Mediterranean animal breeds and plant varieties as sources of foods and natural bioactive compounds;
* Address the lack of a comprehensive shared repository of digital information on Mediterranean foods;
* Foster the harmonisation of the analytical methods and data validation among different laboratories through the creation of reference databases, in order to create a transnational authenticity and traceability system that specifically address the identification of animal breeds, plant varieties, geographical origin and production protocols characterizing the traditional Mediterranean foods

Priorities
* Developing efficient methods for assessing food traceability and safety;
* Increasing the added-value of Mediterranean food products linked to their proven biological and geographic origin, production protocols, processing technologies and low environmental footprint;
* Improving confidence of consumers and markets about the authenticity of Mediterranean food products by implementing dedicated services;
* Fostering joint integrative activities with existing database networks and infrastructures in the health & food domain;
* Improving harmonisation and data interoperability

Among financed actions
* Development and implementation of innovative solutions, technological tools and/or digital solutions and protocols to achieve traceability and confirm the authenticity of Mediterranean food products (except for Olive oil) in order to detect fraud;
* Creation of transnational networks of laboratories which would aim at validating and harmonizing protocols, sharing open-data on food products of the Mediterranean tradition, providing robust support for certification and control bodies, and building capacity in key enabling technologies related to authenticity and traceability;
* Actions optimising the use of pre-existing databases and research infrastructures, thus ensuring interoperability, standard methods and enhanced networking;
* Development of an openly available harmonised set of terms and definitions for use in food authenticity and undertake stocktaking and analysis of existing data

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal entity under Union law;
– European applicants must be registered under EU law;
– A consortium composed of three legal entities established in three different Participating States must be established, out of which at least one must be established in an EU Member State or a third country associated to Horizon 2020 and not being a MPC; and at least one must be established in a third country bordering the Mediterranean Sea (MPC)

* Questions may be sent to: info@prima-med.org