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8 February 2017

VIII EU-Chile Joint Steering Committee meeting

Photo from the meeting
Group Photo of the 8th EU - Chile Joint Steering Committee

The 8th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on the 2nd of February 2017.

It focused on exploring ways to revamp bilateral cooperation in science and technology. In this line, both delegations welcomed the recent extension of the bilateral Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation for five years. The agreement will continue to provide a stable political, legal and administrative framework for facilitating S&T cooperative activities.

The major developments in R&I policies and programmes since the last Joint Steering Committee meeting were presented. On the EU side, the pillar 'Open to the World' is at the centre of the R&I policy, whether in Chile, the plans to establish a Ministry for Science and Technology provide grounds for further strengthening the scientific capacities of the country.

The EU encouraged Chile's further engagement within the context of Mission Innovation as a strategic area for cooperation in the field of clean-energy R&I. In addition, both delegations exchanged views on and agreed to re-launch cooperation in sustainable mining, health, climate action and resource efficiency.

Both parties agreed to continue developing adequate framework conditions for cooperation. They will enhance exchange of experience and best practices on Open science and women participation in research and innovation. Furthermore, the delegations decided to ensure a broader dissemination and hands-on training on H2020 opportunities.

At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs recalled the importance of EU-Chile relations in the field of science and technology, to promote excellence of their research, to increase the competitiveness of their industries, and to address common and global societal challenges.

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Policy Background

Chile signed an Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation with the European Community in September 2002. Both sides ratified the following year. The agreement is valid for five years and is renewed tacitly for the following five years unless a change is suggested.

The agreement creates an institutional foundation for a wide variety of knowledge-centred cooperation. Regular meetings of the steering committee offer opportunities for developing bilateral policy dialogue and promote, monitor and steer cooperation. The main areas of cooperation under the agreement have been Health; Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology; Environment; Nanotechnology; ICT and Energy, which are areas with an important scientific base in Chile.

The European Framework Programmes are a major instrument for implementation, and Chile's national mechanisms and research support schemes are also being used in pursuit of the objectives of international scientific cooperation.

Chilean participation in the European Framework Programmes for research and innovation continued to increase during the 7th Framework Programme, in comparison with earlier programmes. Between 2007 and 2013, 117 Chilean institutional partners have been supported in some 103 signed grant agreements for different projects. The people-specific programme - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions has been particularly successful with 45 Chilean participations supporting 447 researchers of Chilean nationality. Furthermore, Chilean institutions have participated in projects in the areas of ICT (11); Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (13) and Environment/Climate Change (16), Energy (4), among others. Approximately €12 million have been committed to the Chilean participants for all these different activities, as EU contribution.

Chile continues to engage in cooperation with the EU through the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020), and has one of the highest rates of participation among countries in Latin America.

Chile is also active within the context of regional cooperation between the EU and Latin America, notably in the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. Chile co-chairs, with Finland, the working group dealing with ICT.

Many EU Member States are also actively engaged with Chile in S&T cooperation.

 

Projects

CEST+I (2013-2015)

The project, "Chile-European Union STI Initiative" was implemented to enhance the science, technology and innovation cooperation between stakeholders from the European Union Member States, associated countries, and Chile. The project supported the development of policy dialogue on STI to help jointly tackle societal challenges, created new networks between Chilean and European researchers, provided training to stakeholders and researchers from the Chilean academic community in areas that facilitate the internationalisation of Chilean science and raised awareness of new opportunities for cooperation.

ALCUE-Net (2012-2017)

The project, "Chile-European Union STI Initiative" was implemented to enhance the science, technology and innovation cooperation between stakeholders from the European Union Member States, associated countries, and Chile. The project supported the development of policy dialogue on STI to help jointly tackle societal challenges, created new networks between Chilean and European researchers, provided training to stakeholders and researchers from the Chilean academic community in areas that facilitate the internationalisation of Chilean science and raised awareness of new opportunities for cooperation.

 

 

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Contacts

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Teodora Deaconu
Policy Officer
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 58824

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Teodora Deaconu