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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd Policy Dialogue in Malta

European funding for Research & Innovation in Malta: an Activity Plan to increase the Maltese participation Malta, 02 October 2015

On 2nd October 2015 the Malta’s Council for Science and Technology (MCST) hosted a Policy Dialogue gathering national stakeholders, to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of Maltese organisation to the EU programme for Research & Innovation.

The event was organised in the frame of the European initiative MIRRIS and it is the third one of a cycle that gathered high level national stakeholders, notably representatives of MCST, the Ministry of Education and Employment, University of Malta and Malta’s Enterprise.

During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing aiming at increasing participation of the Maltese participants to the EU programmes.

During the discussion the Maltese stakeholders highlighted that majority of priorities identified by MIRRIS are in line with the National Operational Programme and the endorsed National R&I 2020 strategy and National Reform Programme, thus MIRRIS successfully identified the issues of the national priority.

Moreover, the present stakeholders agreed that the brain drain of post-docs and improvement of the skills of research managers to support the research and innovation process in Malta shall be in particular focus and have agreed with MIRRIS Consortium on the activities that shall be further elaborated for implementation in the official roadmap for Malta.

Furthermore, the implementation of the above noted activities was observed from the point of synergies at national level among Structural Funds and Horizon 2020.

Participants, following the input proposed by the project coordinator META and MIRRIS Consortium Partner INSME, discussed a broader scope of potential actions to be undertaken to improve the participation in Horizon 2020 and to upgrade the national system of Research and Innovation.

The MIRRIS Consortium will continue to support the implementation of actions engaging peers to provide tailored coaching in the areas with the highest priority identified during the dialogue.


MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&D&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209