EU-Russia: A multi-faceted partnership EU-Russia science cooperation: Where are we? Richard Burger Science Counsellor Delegation of the European Commission to Russia Information & Brokerage Conference on Information & Communication Technologies in the EU FP7
International S&T Cooperation Guiding principles for the EU: • Support competitiveness through strategic partnerships with third countries in selected fields of R&D • Address global challenges • Address specific problems facing third countries on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit • Use S&T cooperation to reinforce EC external relations and other relevant policies • Coordination b/n European Community and EU member states
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation: Overview Russia is a priority cooperation partner for Europe in S&T, alongside the U.S., China, Japan, Canada, Australia, India,…
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation: Overview 27 EU member statesRussian Federation + European Community [+ Albania Croatia FYR Macedonia Iceland Israel Norway Serbia Switzerland Turkey]
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation: Overview “EU”-Russia S&T cooperation: - 27 EU member states – Russia - European Community – Russia Legal bases: - EU-Russia Partnership & Cooperation Agreement - EC-Russia S&T Cooperation Agreement - Euratom-Russia Cooperation Agreement in Nuclear Fusion - Euratom-Russia Cooperation Agreement in Nuclear Safety Road-map for the Common EU-Russia Space in Research, Education & Culture
EU-Russia S&T cooperation: Steering bodies • Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) in Science (ministerial level) • Joint EC-Russia S&T Cooperation Committee(S&T Agreement) • Joint EU-Russia Thematic Working Groups in priority areas (DG Directorate level)
Joint EU-Russia Thematic Working Groups • Nanotechnologies & New Materials • Health • Food, Agriculture, Biotechnologies • Sustainable Energy • Aeronautics • Space • Nuclear Energy FissionResearch • Information and Communications Technologies • …Scientific mobility, Research Infrastructures, Environment
EU-RU S&T cooperation:Policy & scientific dialogue “Bottom-up”:EU & Russian scientists themselves (!!): - scientific advisory councils and committees - expert advice to governments - joint evaluation committees - peer reviews - joint projects & publications - scientific conferences - research visits
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (1):Main instruments– EU member states The bilateral S&T, R&D cooperation programmes of the 25 individual EU member states.
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (2):Main instruments – European Community • European Community Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development (2007-2013, ~€50 billion) • Euratom Framework Programme for Research & Training Activities (2007-2011, ~€4.0 billion). • [European Community Competitiveness & Innovation Programme (to promote innovation, entrepreneurship & growth among SMEs, 2007-2013, €3.6 billion)] • TACIS & Common Spaces Facility (e.g. projects on the commercialisation of scientific results)
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (3):Main instruments – pan-European organisations • Eureka - a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D (www.eureka.be) • ESF - European Science Foundation (www.esf.org) • INTAS - International Association for the promotion of scientific cooperation with the countries of the former Soviet Union
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (4):International initiatives • ISTC – International Science & Technology Centre(www.istc.ru) • ITER - International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor(www.iter.org) • CERN - the world's largest particle physics centre(www.cern.ch) • International Space Station • (…)
Russia in EU FP6 • Russia was most successful “third-country” in FP6: ~330 signed FP6 contracts, incl. 60 Marie Curie fellowships), worth ~€ 2.8 billion • Total EC contribution to RU participants in FP6 was ~€ 120 million
EU-RU S&T cooperation… …also extends to related areas such as: Higher Education: - Russia’s participation in the “Bologna process” - Tempus programme - Erasmus Mundus programme Space (research): European Commission - European Space Agency - RosCosmos
Recent milestones (1):An equitable partnership • 2007-2008: Launch of EU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Energy and Food-Agriculture-Biotechnology • 2008-2009: Launch of EU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Health and Nano-technologies & New Materials • Preparation ofEU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Aeronautics and in Nuclear Fission Energy research in 2009-2010
Recent milestones (2): • 10/04/2008:Russian expression of interest in association with EC and Euratom Framework Programmes for Research • 26/05/2008:ministerial-level EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (“noted that an eventual association of the Russian Federation to the 7th Framework Programme on Research & Technological Development would take Russia-EU S&T cooperation to a new qualitative level” and “stated that the European Research Area would be enriched and strengthened by Russia also becoming a full part of it”).
EU-RU S&T cooperation:Main conclusions • S&T cooperation covers virtually all scientific areas & includes a very broad spectrum of different activities. • S&T cooperation is a very dynamic, multi-dimensional & fast developing area of cooperation of & by itself. • S&T cooperation is an integral component and an important part in the overall EU-Russia relationship.
EU-RU S&T cooperation:Information sources - 1 Community Research & Development Information Service: http://cordis.europa.eu/ RTD website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/ RTD Info – Magazine on European Research: http://ec.europa.eu/research/rtdinfo/ Information & Communication Unit DG Research, European Commission: firstname.lastname@example.org
EU-RU S&T cooperation:Information sources - 2 Russian FP6 National Contact Points: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/third_countries.htm Archive of “Поиск”:www.PoiskNews.ru Science Counsellor, EC Delegation Moscow: Richard.Burger@ec.europa.eu
EU-Russia S&T Cooperation Thank you & Good luck!