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Bi-regional cooperation

At the fourth EU-LAC Summit in Vienna 2006 the "Declaration of Vienna" was adopted. It stresses the importance of S&T for sustainable development of the countries. Both sides committed themselves to further strengthen bi-regional dialogue and cooperation in particular regarding renewable energy. In addition, efforts shall be maintained and cooperation increased to accelerate the development of environmentally sustainable energy technologies. In the run-up to this Summit an energy expert seminar was organised by DG Research and DG External Relations in Brussels focusing on the role of research in developing cooperation. It addressed current challenges, threats and opportunities of the energy sector in LAC and EU. Axes of cooperation in energy RTD strategies between the EU and LAC were explored. Reference to this seminar was made in the final declaration of the EU-LAC Summit.

As follow-up of the 2006 LAC Summit a "Workshop on collaboration opportunities between LAC and the EU in the energy thematic area of FP7" was held in September 2006 in Mexico. Its objective was to provide support to researchers, research groups and enterprises in their efforts to identify partnership opportunities and develop successful FP7 project proposals in areas of bi-regional interest. The workshop improved relationships between scientists from both regions and created a Latin American network of European experts and vice-versa regarding energy efficiency, renewable energies and new technologies. In addition, research topics of common interest and mutual benefit were identified.

Another follow-up of the EU-LAC Summit was the Forum of the Finnish Presidency "EU meets LAC on renewable energy" held in October 2006 in Panama. The objective of this three-day event was to take stock of the global situation of renewable energies. Thus political actions as well as technology and know-how transfer should be motivated and the dialogue between the private and governmental sectors facilitated. In several panel discussion themes like "Solar and Wind Energy", "Biofuels", "Hydroelectric and Geothermal Energy", "Energy Efficiency" and "Cogeneration with Agroindustrial Residues and Solid Waste" were discussed. For the Forum's proceedings and presentations please click here.

The commitment to "step up technical cooperation between the two regions in the energy sector, especially as regards the creation and development of renewable alternative energy sources which were also compatible with the environment" was reiterated in the Joint Communiqué adopted at the Ministerial meeting between the EU Troika and the Ministers of the Countries of Central America in April 2007.