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EMED-TDS.COM - B2B Agrifood E-platform - 211

Eumedis Project number: 211

EC Project code: 211

Contract "signature" date: 2002-10-04

Planned start date: 2002-10-05

Planned duration: 33 months

Planned end date: 2005-07-04

Actual start date: 2002-10-05

Total Budget: 2.249.314,00 ?

EC Contribution: 

1.799.451,00 €

Sector: Electronic commerce


The Mediterranean country members of the EU as well as the rest of the EU member countries have a large business population that is slowly becoming more aware of theB2B opportunities being offered by the new technologies via the Internet. This in turns means a large potential market and purchasing volume for goods and services. The southern MEDA partner countries, with some exception, although varied in their social economic structures have a number of common factors:
• A large pool of low cost labour;
• A large manufacturing capacity which is largely unexploited; and
• A large number of very small enterprises with no access to wider market opportunities beyond the local tourist market.
It is increasingly evident that the long-term survival of the SMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean region will require access to wider markets. In particular the Southern Mediterranean countries need means, know-how and ability.
These three elements will provide the necessary coherence and are the essential prerequisites to the successful implementation and outcome of the project.


Overall Objectives
• To implement a solution that will contribute to the diffusion of an e-Market culture and behaviour practice in the Mediterranean region and reduce the region’s Informational and Technological gap in using e-trade and e-commerce vis-ΰ-vis the neighbouring countries.
• The improvement of the B2B electronic transactions with particular emphasis to those in the southern Mediterranean region.
• To promote the human and technical cooperation in the region.

Specific Objectives
• To build on the current groundwork and cooperation initiatives of the EURO-MED TDS partners.
• To contribute to the G8 initiative “A global market place for SMEs”.
• To create a general purpose e-Market Technical Platform.
• To train the e-MED platform operators to install, run, maintain and promote the e-Trading networked services.


Within the context of the new economy, the Southern Mediterranean partner countries are clearly identified as the emerging markets in the region. aims to create a general purpose Technical Platform that will enable the formation of a pilot e-Market network by the interconnection of the Association project partners and enable their members, enterprises within their respective countries to engage in electronic trading on a Local, International and Global scale.
The e-Markets objectives are to offer an Enterprise to Enterprise service based on the Demand – Offer (D/O) principle developed by the EURO-MED TDS partners as part of their initiative. The e-Market function is only available to bona fide enterprises and cooperatives of enterprises of any size who wish to trade products, production capacity and/or services on a national, international or global scale with other bona-fide enterprises on a one-to-one basis. The project partners are fully established non-profit organisations and institutions and their membership represents highly relevant industrial and commercial sectors in their respective countries.

The three elements identified as necessary for access of the SMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean region to wider markets will be provided by the project:
MEANS will be provided by the Platform
KNOWHOW will be provided by the training in order to gain the necessary confidence in the use of new technologies.
ABILITY will be provided by promotion and marketing training and practice to gain knowledge to promote their products and services nationally to the EU countries and globally.
This way will enable enterprises of all sizes and cooperatives of enterprises in the Mediterranean countries to offer their production capacity, products and services to a global market by means of the e-Market service developed. It will also enable the global market to access the Euro-Mediterranean industrial capacity and offerings.

The work structure has been divided into a number of tasks which are organised in 6 Work Packages.
WP 0 - Project Management Coordination and Administrative support.
WP 1 - Agri-food test companies selection and training.
WP 2 - Technical specifications for the platform.
WP 3 - Implementation of the Emed platform components.
WP 4 - Platform test.
WP 5 - Installation Hardware and software.
WP 6 - Visibility and Dissemination.

The technical objectives of are to implement a pilot B2B Platform in the Agri-food sector using technology that is up-to-date, maintainable, and sealable and incorporating the emerging ebXML standards and by integrating and adapting existing solutions and standards with a minimum of new developments.
The objectives are also to select as much as possible solutions that will not tie The Association to any one software vendor by selecting open source products and adapting them to the project needs.
The solutions envisaged are:
Central Hardware: One central node at the Euro-Med TDS Secretariat premises consisting of servers routers, mass storage, access terminals, and the relevant communications equipment.
Distributed Hardware: Each project partner will have installed at his premises a server, a router, access terminals and the relevant communications and access interfaces
Central Software: The Linux Operating system, the e-Trading central system, the central accounting software, the central password register, the central services directory and the central registry.
Distributed Software: Each project partner will have installed at his premises a Linux operating system and the software for managing the local functions like password allocations, access control, local accounting and invoicing, Internet access and the interface to generate the ebXML queries to the central registry
Each partner will in addition have its own website which is in turn linked to all the other partners websites and is also accessed via the < > central URL.
Open solutions:
• The Emed Platform infrastructure proposed in this project will be openly available to all enterprises, in the project partner countries and the EU.
• The Platform will be sized for PC loading for SMEs and small content providers to large servers.
• The Platform is not content nor domain limited
Expected results:
The results of the project are to be also expandable and made available to any other commercial and industrial sector in their country. As a result, the project proposes, as the solution for the pilot implementation, a common Platform infrastructure to be installed by the partners in their respective country and be interlinked to form the core of the Emed network.
The domain selected for the pilot project is the Agri-food sector.
This Agri-food network is expected to be the first of many such networks each possibly serving its own sector and be interlinked with the other networks using the same Emed platform infrastructure.
The Emed Platform solution is designed to fulfil the perceived needs which for the participant countries can be summarised as follows:
• The need to reach the EU countries users who represent a large market and purchasing power.
• The need to improve the sales performance of their large low cost manufacturing capacity which is looking for wider markets.
• The need to have better National, International and Global visibility and exposure.


1. A significant contribution to the improvement of commercial and trading opportunities in the emerging Southern Mediterranean markets.

2. An e-Markets and internet access platform which is freely available.

3. A tool for SMEs in the Southern Mediterranean region to access international markets and close networks of their own.

Project Management: 

The management structure of the project is structures as follows:
• The Council is the policy decision body of the Emed project. Each partner nominates a representative to sit on the Emed council. The council elects its own representative for the duration of the project.
• The Technical Coordination Board (TCB) which reports to the council and each partner dominates a representative to sit on the TCB. The TCB elects its own chairman. The activities of the Emed Council and the TCB are regulated by the Secretary General and assisted by the Secretariat of Euro-Med TDS.
• The Project Manager (PM) will be appointed by the Applicant through the Secretary General and will direct the overall activities of the project. The PM reports to the TCB.

The project management will comprise a formal structure designed to meet the requirements for effective and efficient steering of all project activities according to the work plan. The primary management functions will be for:
• Efficient decision-making;
• Quality control;
• Monitoring of progress, taking swift corrective action where necessary.

Web site:

Project Coordinator: Luigi, TROIANI (more details ...)

Project Manager: Marino F., Saksida (more details ...)

Leading partner


Association Euro-Mediterranean Trade, Distribution and Services Initiative []

Participating Partners


Algeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry []


Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce


Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry []


National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce []


Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce []


Confcommercio []


Jordan Chamber of Commerce []


Malta Chamber of Commerce []


Federation of Moroccan Chambers of Commerce, Industry Services []

Palestinian Authority

European Palestinian Chamber of Commerce []


The Oporto Traders Association/Associacio dos Comerciantes do Porto []


Catalunia Confederation of Commerce []


Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce []


Tunisian Union of Industry Commerce and Handicraft []


Istanbul Chamber of Commerce []