EECA-2-HORIZON aims to address the ever growing need to further support the dialogue on the EU-EECA cooperation in the field of ICT and reinforce the development of strategic partnerships in areas of mutual interest and added value, and eventually bring tangible socio-economic benefits to both regions. to achieve this objective, a wide range of activities have been designed and will be implemented over the next 2,5 years.

More specifically, the project consortium has set the following objectives:

  1. Create a knowledge sharing and collaboration environment to facilitate interaction and support collaboration among ICT research and industrial actors from both regions towards the formation of strategic partnerships.

  2. Link and bring together leading ICT research and industrial actors from both regions in areas of mutual interest and added value for EU - EECA cooperation. This will be based on 2 pillars:

    1. RTD&I actors: sustainable cooperative "ICT Communities" will be created having a thematic focus (e.g. focusing on specific ICT sub-areas); and.

    2. Technology Platforms: strengthen interaction and cooperation among ICT-oriented ETPs and similar structures and interested stakeholders and interested stakeholders from the EECA countries.

  3. Reciprocity in collaboration by identifying and promoting RTD&I national programmes and initiatives from the EECA countries that are open to the participation of EU research teams and/or individual researchers, with a view to support the international cooperation under these EECA programmes.

  4. Support dialogue between the EU and the EECA countries on enhancing their cooperation in ICT and thus contribute in shaping HORIZON2020 research orientation regarding the participation of the EECA ICT research and industrial actors.

  5. Organise a series of increase awareness and networking / twinning events in both regions to promote and facilitate collaboration among ICT actors.