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The Euro-Arab Foundation participates in the conference on EU Borders Security of the MEDEA project

The MEDEA project has organised the conference “EU Borders Security: Acting Ahead across Research, Practice, and Policy” on 27-28 September at the ISDEFE headquarters in Madrid. The conference is attended by experts from within and outside the consortium and is aimed at professionals involved in security.

Over two days, the conference will address the complexity of the European Union’s internal and external borders, which must allow for the efficient movement of people and goods while continuously filtering threats and ensuring security. The EU’s responsibility must evolve to adapt to the constantly changing geopolitical environment and threat landscape, and this requires promoting a constant exchange between cutting-edge research and innovation, strategy and policy planning, implementation on the ground, and engagement at regional, national and EU level.

The conference develops different sessions focusing on topics such as hybrid threats and border management; evolving interoperability challenges; and the key role of practitioners in security research. As part of the conference, a guided tour of CECORVIGMAR, the Guardia Civil’s Maritime Coastal and Border Surveillance Coordination Centre, is planned.

On the second day, Thursday 28th, Euro-Arab researcher Karen Hough will address the session on the common path between security policy and research. This session will discuss the ongoing challenge of aligning policy planning with research work which, in addition to considering the realities on the ground, needs to anticipate emerging trends and project action into the future. Also participating in this forum on behalf of the Euro-Arab Foundation will be Jose María González Riera, Deputy Director of the Euro-Arab Foundation’s Department of Research and Projects.

Expert round table at the second session of the MEDEA conference dedicated to the evolving challenges of interoperability.
Expert round table at the second session of the MEDEA conference dedicated to the evolving challenges of interoperability.

MEDEA Project

MEDEA aims to develop a regional network of security practitioners and actors in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region by forming a critical mass of security and humanitarian experts and actors to cooperate with multidisciplinary entities from other countries and to present their needs as inputs to the Mediterranean and Black Sea Security Research and Innovation Programme.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The consortium is led by the KEMEA Centre for Security Studies in Greece and consists of 19 partners from different European countries. More information about the project on its website:

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Researchers and security professionals meet to exchange solutions on the management of Migratory Flows.

The Euro-Arab Foundation is organizing an event within the H2020 MEDEA project, Network of Security Professionals in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, which will bring together Security professionals and solution providers in the field of Migratory Flow Management.

This event will be held in English and online on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CET.

To register for this event you can click here:

In September 2021, the MEDEA consortium has launched an open call to Academia and Industry for Ideas and Solutions. on solving the identified gaps. The consortium has evaluated the proposals submitted and has selected those ideas that best address the different needs that arise in terms of security.

Some of the selected ideas will be communicated to potential solution providers and pioneers in security innovation. During the Research, Development and Innovation Day, responders to the open call (security stakeholders, industries, academia, research organisations and SMEs) will be able to present pertinent to MEDEA members and practitioners in high level of operational, solutions in the different areas covered by the project: management of migratory flows, border surveillance, cross-border crime and terrorism, natural risks and technological accidents.

The Euro-Arab Foundation coordinates the first thematic community of the project ‘Management of migratory flows and asylum seekers’ for which we have identified and documented several capability gaps. Through this event, we offer the opportunity to learn about new solutions for these gaps in the field of migration in the Mediterranean.

MEDEA is a Coordination and Support Action for the European Commission financed by the EU through the H2020 program whose objective is to establish and develop a regional network of professionals and other actors related to security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

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MEDEA Open Call for Ideas and Solutions to emerging security challenges in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

The MEDEA project, funded by the EU H2020 program, launches an Open Call aimed at academia and industries, that aims to champion the best innovative solutions that fulfil the Thematic Communities of Practitioners (TCP) capability gaps of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region.

Medea’s aims to establish and develop a regional network of professionals and other security-related actors in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region. It seeks to involve practitioners and other security-related actors including public security organizations, NGOs, Research, industry and academia representatives and security policy makers.

In this sense, MEDEA opens a call for those ideas and solutions that respond to some of the capability gaps that the project establishes in its four Thematic Communities of Professionals (TCP for its acronym in English) and which are:

  • Management of Migration Flows and Asylum seekers (TCP1)
  • Border management and Surveillance (TCP2)
  • Cross border organized crime and terrorism (TCP3)
  • Natural hazards and technological accidents (TCP4)

A number of security solutions addressing the aforementioned capability gaps will be selected by practitioners to be demonstrated in Proof-of-concept demonstration events. The MEDEA consortium with the MEDEA Open Call for Ideas and Solutions wishes to communicate identified needs to potential solution providers and security innovation pioneers, in order to provide their ideas on how to address such gaps, after having evaluated the submitted proposal. A number of security proposals addressing the aforementioned capability gaps will be selected by practitioners to receive an inducement prize for

– identify new approached or ideas and attract investments in specific security areas

– demonstrate the feasibility of potential of some technologies or promote their development and diffusion

Why participate

This open call process will offer a unique opportunity to solution providers and innovators to engage in a constructive dialogue with first-line practitioners and to understand their operational needs with the scope of limiting, or altogether eliminating, identified and frequently occurring capability gaps, and anticipating adversities in a better equipped manner. 

Additionally, the responders to this call will be offered incentives. Selected security solution providers will be offered the opportunity to engage with potential end-users and demonstrate their solutions in a series of proof-of-concept demonstrations. Likewise, selected security innovators will be offered cash prizes, recognition, and advertisement of their submission. 

More information on how to submit your application is available on our website , where you shall find all the details specified in the Terms of Reference, the practitioners’ identified capability gaps documented in Annex 2, who can participate and how, as well as what the benefits are.

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