The National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM) and the IZS Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Sicily Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement.
A stronger scientific cooperation between laboratories and research on fish products quality are at the core of the agreement, along with stepped-up complementarity and exchange of scientific and technical expertise.
The accord fits within the framework of support to the cross-border cooperation programme (part of the European Neighborhood Programme) and the European partnership between Italy and Tunisia funded by the European Union through the Project – Marine Biotechnology Vector of innovation and quality (BIOVecQ).
The two institutions will, under the terms of this agreement, develop BIOVecQ activities by means of using new methods of analysis in connection to the sustainable development of the water and food sectors in Tunisia and Sicily. An analysis accreditation system will also be set up to make easier the exportation of fish products.
The signing ceremony was held at the seat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries.