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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

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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


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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


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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,…


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EU-Russia S&T Cooperation: Overview

27 EU member statesRussian Federation

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European Community

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Albania

Croatia

FYR Macedonia

Iceland

Israel

Norway

Serbia

Switzerland

Turkey]


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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


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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)


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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


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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


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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.


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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)


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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


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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

  • (…)


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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


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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


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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


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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”).


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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.


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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: research@ec.europa.eu


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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


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EU-Russia S&T Cooperation

Thank you & Good luck!