The European Commission and Serbia: Towards full association to FP7
Today, 12th June 2007, the European Commission and the Serbian Ministry of Science organised an information event on the opportunities offered by the recently launched 7th EU Programme for Research and Technological Development 2007 - 2013. Several experts from the European Commission's Directorate General for Research (DG Research) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) outlined the opportunities and practicalities for participation in various EU research programmes. Serbia is in the process of associating to the 7th Framework Programme, with signing of the agreement to take place on 13th June 2007 in Brussels.
The focus of the event was also on enhancing collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, whose mission is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies. The JRC has a cooperation and training programme directed at the Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries, including Serbia, to assist them in the uptake of scientific and technical bases of EU legislation in areas such as environment, food safety, energy and security. In 2006 a total of 82 Serbian experts participated in some of the 100 specialised workshops and training courses on various scientific and technical aspects of EU policies that have been organised by the JRC.
Ana Pešikan, Minister of Science of the Republic of Serbia; Roland Schenkel, Director General, European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones, European Commission's Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, participated alongside key representatives from Serbian academia, research and industry.