The 6-month consortium meeting of MEDEA (Mediterranean practitioners’ network capacity building for effective response to emerging security challenges, GA 787111 – https://www.medea-project.eu/) took place on the 6th and 7th of December 2018, on the premises of EOS in Brussels. MEDEA is a 60-month project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme H2020-SEC-21-GM-2016-2017, under grant agreement no 787111. Its main aspiration is to contribute to the establishment of more safe and secure societies throughout the M&BS region, using research and innovation as a catalyst to promote collaboration between practitioners from diverse disciplines and countries.
25 representatives from the MEDEA consortium actively participated in this 2-day-meeting, by engaging in thorough discussions around structural, managerial, and procedural issues related to the MEDEA project.
During the first day of the meeting, KEMEA, presented the project status for the first 6 months, the progress that has been achieved thus far, all ongoing actions, as well as the mapping of MEDEA’s stakeholders. KEMEA then proceeded with outlining the main points of the memorandum of Association, and the Monitoring & Collaboration activities among MEDEA’s network.
The participants carried on discussing and sharing their thoughts on the creation of a Collaboration platform so as for the Network’s communication to be better facilitated and to simultaneously plan their common future strategies for the 2nd and 3rd semester of the MEDEA project. The day concluded with a brief presentation concerning the technology observatory, providing food for thought for the second day of the meeting.
On the second day, in the morning, DGAP presented a proposed cooperative-scenario-building process to the consortium, which will facilitate the THOR Analysis. The sharing of ideas continued with specific presentations and discussions around the following 4 explicit Thematic Communities of Practitioners (TCPs):
- TCP1: Management of Migration Flows and Asylum seekers
- TCP2: Border management and Surveillance
- TCP3: Cross border organized crime and terrorism
- TCP4: Natural hazards and technological accidents
Discussions involved objectives, scenario planning, collaboration with affiliated projects and the TCP’s general evolution throughout the 60-months of the MEDEA project. The day concluded with a wrap up of the main outcomes of the meeting, which formed the main roadmap of the project, at least for the next 6 months, up until the next Consortium meeting.