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16 March 2016

Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology

Algeria, 8-9 March 2016

Photo from the meeting EU-Algeria Joint S&T Coordination Committee (JSTCC)

The 2nd meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC) took place on 8 March 2016, in Algeria. The meeting was co-chaired by Ali Mokrani, Ministry of Foreign affairs and by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the European Commission Directorate- General for Research and Innovation (RTD). Both parties exchanged views on recent policy development as well as R&I cooperation priorities. Existing cooperation instruments and projects, as well as regional policy dialogue platforms were also presented. Among these, particular attention was paid to the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) with Africa, supported by a Horizon 2020 Project (RINEA) and cooperation in the EU-MED context supported by MEDSPRING (another EU funded project).

On March 9, the European Commission and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research organized an information session on the EU research and Innovation programmes. Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at RTD presented the EU Research and Innovation funding programme, Horizon 2020 that counts already with the participation of Algerian entities in 2 projects. Ms Russo also highlighted the important role that Algeria plays in multiple bi-regional platforms including the EU-Africa and EUROMED.

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General political context

The EU seeks to develop particular close relationship to Algeria, its geographical neighbour, and to support Algeria's economic and political reforms. The relationship emphasizes close cooperation on democratic reform, economic modernization, and migration issues. Algeria is a participant to the European Neighbourhood Policy. Algeria and the EU are bound by the legally binding treaty in the form of an Association agreement.

The Euro-Mediterranean Barcelona process started in 1995 and provides the political framework for Algeria-EU partnership. Within this framework, the EU in engaged in a reinforced cooperation with Algeria in research and innovation and an agreement on science and technology between the two sides was signed in April 2012 and ratified in June 2013. The agreement promotes the opening of ERA and European Research programmes to the Algerian participation. The implementation of this agreement remains a main priority of the bilateral cooperation. The FP7 supported EU-Algeria platform EARN - Euro-Algerian Research Networking - aims to help in the implementation of the agreement. The first meeting of the Joint S&T Committee is foreseen for October 2013.

At a regional level, Algeria is a member of the MOCO (Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation) which brings together all EU Members States and the South Mediterranean countries to define strategic orientations for Euro-Med S&T collaboration.

Algeria’s participation in FP7

Under FP7 there have been 21 private and public Algerian institutions participating in 24 projects. The priority areas for cooperation for the Algerian researchers and research entities have been health, environment, agriculture and food security. The EU contribution to these projects has amounted to EUR 61 million, EUR 2 million of which have gone to the Algerian entities.

Algeria is involved in the multi-lateral dialogue platforms MedSpring, ERANETMED and in the ERA-WIDE projects FAWIRA and NAS-ERA.



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DG Research and Innovation
Christopher Gauci
Policy Officer
Unit RTD C.3 European Neighbourhood, Africa and the Gulf
Telephone: (+32) 229 55953

Christopher Gauci