KEMEA, being MEDEA’s Project Coordinator (Mediterranean practitioners’ network capacity building for effective response to emerging security challenges, GA 787111 – https://www.medea-project.eu/), successfully organized and hosted the project Kick off meeting, on the 28th and the 29th of June 2018 in Athens.
MEDEA is a 60-months project funded by the European Commission under topic “H2020 SEC SEC-21-GM-2016-2017: Pan European Networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security”. MEDEA aspires 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.
In the future, the response to multiple threats in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region will have to function in an environment in which advances in technology and the evolution of society and the geopolitical situation of the region may significantly affect both the nature of threats and of the response to them. MEDEA’s response to this challenge is through the establishment of a network, driven and operated by practitioners, whose daily job and concern is to render the M&BS societies more secure and safe. Specifically, this will be achieved via a consortium comprised of 19 Partners from 13 different countries. MEDEA aims to:
- Establish and Operate a multi-disciplinary network of security practitioners, with active links to policy makers and users/providers of security innovations across the M&BS countries focusing on Border Protection and other Security – and Disaster – Related tasks.
- Engage participants in anticipatory governance on emerging security challenges that the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions could face in the coming years.
- Push for the “co-creation” of security technology and capability innovations between practitioners and innovation suppliers, based upon their evaluation and prioritization of multi-criteria analysis as well as a link to Human Development, Policy Making and Organizational Improvements
- Establish and annually update the Mediterranean Security Research and Innovation Agenda (MSRIA), that identifies areas in which security & defence research is needed (including the research needs that are not covered by civilian research) and the establishment of recommendations for European Security & Defence technology investments.
During the Kick Off meeting, MEDEA partners had the opportunity to thoroughly discuss the project’s detailed plans and activities, to present and share relevant insights and findings, to review the necessary links and correlations between different tasks, thus acquiring an overall view of the project’s processes and expected outcomes. Finally, MEDEA partners are given the chance to form strong and long-lasting partnerships among themselves.