The first round of negotiations between the European Union and Israel on Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020

The first round of negotiations between the European Union and Israel on Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) took place today in Israel.

Israel has already been associated to the 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), FP7. The Horizon 2020 Programme which will provide European Union funding for research and innovation activities in the years 2014-2020 will be open to association of third countries which were associated to FP7. Terms and conditions of such association, which include the financial contribution of a third country to Horizon 2020, need to be agreed between the Union and Israel. To that end the Union and Israel are engaging in negotiations on a Memorandum of Understanding

The first round of negotiations was limited to exploratory talks on technical and financial aspects of the Horizon 2020. Discussions on the territorial scope of the future Memorandum and the application of the Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards to Horizon 2020 will start during the second session of negotiations which should take place in Brussels in September.

Shalom: Origins of the Israel Information Center Ithaca

The Israel Information Center Ithaca is based upon the model ” Israel Information Center at The State University of New York at Buffalo  ” which had its beginning during the 1974 – 1975.  Then at Camp Ramah, an old hackshrah, and Bedar training camp during April, 1975. The North American Jewish Students’ Network sponsored a nation wide students strategy campus program. There the first nation wide Jewish students program was launched under the title… Israel Awareness Week of April, 1976 depending of each campus academic calendar.  244 campuses participated in both the United States and Canada. Moreover, its International parent organization, The World Union of Jewish Students helped in the facilitation of speakers and cultural publications, and saw a massive influx of volunteers participating in its Israel program Arad Project Development Town.

This was the radical 1970s and the offerings of volunteer programs cover areas of labor in the fields of Israeli agriculture all the way to assisting in Sherut La’ Am Programs which are Israeli developing communities which are in the processing the influx of ole hadashim – new immigrants to Israel.