EU-China Summit: new flagship initiatives in research and innovation
Donald Tusk, Li Keqiang, Jean-Claude Juncker, Carlos Moedas, Wang Gang
The European Union and China will boost their research and innovation cooperation with a new package of flagship initiatives targeting the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies, Environment and Sustainable Urbanisation, Surface Transport, Safer and Greener aviation, and Biotechnologies for Environment and Human Health.
This is one of the outcomes of the 3rd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue that took place on 2 June 2017 as one of the key events of the 19th EU-China Summit, and co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wan Gang, China's Minister of Science and Technology. At the EU-China Summit Commissioner Moedas and Minister Wan signed an Administrative Arrangement renewing the Co-funding Mechanism for the period 2018-2020 to support collaborative research and innovation projects under joint flagship Initiatives and other areas.
This round of the Innovation Co-operation Dialogue also discussed progress on framework conditions and innovation cooperation. In particular, the two sides agreed to promote open science and to exchange best practices in open access to publications and research data, and have confirmed the principle of reciprocity in access to Science Technology and Innovation resources.
13th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation
Group photo of the 13º EU – CHINA JSCM
The 13th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the EU-China Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Brussels on 29 March 2017 under the co-chairmanship of European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Robert-Jan Smits and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Huang Wei.
The EU and China agreed to continue to promote closer cooperation based on reciprocity and mutual benefit. In particular, they agreed to develop a package of joint flagship initiatives to be launched in 2017 with co-funding from the EU and China. Areas targeted include Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies, Environment and Sustainable Urbanisation, Surface Transport, Aviation, and Biotechnologies and Biomaterials. Exact topics and budget allocations are to be defined in the coming months. On Energy the dialogue to identify common priorities will continue in the framework of Mission Innovation for which China will host a ministerial meeting in June 2017.
The two sides recognised the importance of the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism launched by MOST in December 2015 and confirmed their intention to continue working on reciprocity in access to respective STI programmes. They also welcomed the implementation of the Implementing Arrangement between European Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation of China, the excellent cooperation on GEOSS, as well as the rich cooperation that the European Commission's Joint Research Centre is pursuing with Chinese research institutions.
The meeting saw the participation of representatives from China's Ministry of Science and Technology, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Mission to the EU on the Chinese side and from the European Commission Directorates General for Research and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Research Council.
- The Science and Technology Agreement, signed in December 1998, govern our S&T cooperation; renewed for another 5-year period at the EU-China Summit of 30 November 2009. It is under joint responsibility of RTD and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). They meet annually (Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology- JSCST).
- The "China-EC Science & Technology Partnership Scheme" (CESTYS) with MoST, to achieve equal partnership in common priority areas (20 May 2009).
- The Administrative Arrangement with the "National Natural Science Foundation of China" (NSFC) to launch research projects in specific research areas of common interest (26 March 2010).
- The Joint Statement to implement research on new and renewable energy and innovation cooperation, encouraging in particular SME participation (08 December 2010).
- The EU-China Joint Declaration on Innovation Cooperation Dialogue (20 September 2012) to create an official platform for exchanges and cooperation on innovation between both Sides.
The 9th JSCST (22 March 2011) endorsed the principle of creating specific EU-China task-forces to work together on topics of common concern. Each side can propose the creation of task forces on specific topics, taking into consideration common interest, mutual benefit, reciprocity, and expected impact. The 9th JSCST decided:
- to create a task-force on "Food Agriculture and Biotechnologies" under the responsibility of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and the "Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food" RTD Directorate;
- to support the on-going collaboration on non-nuclear energy research, particularly under the Joint Statement signed in December 2010.
The 10th JSCST (16 November 2012) concluded that Innovation is an inevitable choice for the development of China, and innovation cooperation is the joint demand between China and EU to promote the effective development of technology innovative solutions to major societal challenges of common interest. Under this mechanism, the two sides will discuss innovation strategies, jointly encourage and support cooperation on research and innovation activities, and fully mobilize industry, universities and research institutes, so as to complement mutual strengths and deliver win-win results on human resources, technology, research infrastructures, exploitation of research findings, and framework conditions for innovation. The 1st China-EU Innovation Cooperation Dialogue would be held in Beijing, back to back with the 16th China-EU Summit.
European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM): "Agreement between Euratom and P.R.China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy" (R&D-PUNE Agreement), signed on 24 April 2008 and entered into force on 11 August 2008. It is implemented by an ad hoc Steering committee co-chaired by the Commission representing EURATOM and by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). The 2d Meeting of the Agreement held in November 2012 registered progress in cooperation on fission, fusion, security and safeguards and safety and agreed on further actions to support joint collaboration in science and technology.
Strategic Forum International Cooperation (SFIC) adopted a set of thematic priorities for EU-China Research and Innovation cooperation:
- Renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technology;
- Urbanisation, dislocation and smart cities;
- Health, public health and welfare policies - life sciences;
- Information and telecommunication technologies;
- Better framework conditions for innovation.
DG RTD is also actively involved in dialogues leaded by other DGs related to Research and Innovation, such as:
- the EU China Sustainable Urbanisation Partnership (DG ENTR) created during the last EU-China Summit in Brussels on 20 September 2012
- EU-China high-level people-to-people dialogue (HPPD) created at the fourteenth EU-China Summit held in Beijing on 14 February 2012
Thanks to our bilateral cooperation, several initiatives are dedicated to the enhancement of R&D cooperation between the EU and China. In particular, three projects are demonstrating huge potentialities for organising broad information and dissemination activities and campaigns such info days, publications and electronic newsletters and increasing the awareness and dissemination in the EU of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and innovation programmes:
- Bilateral support for the international linkage with China (Dragon Star)
aims at raising the EU's science and technology profile in China by a series of promotional activities to disseminate the EU s research policies and actions among Chinese scientists and research institutions. A strategic partnership between EU countries and China is promoted through collaboration schemes and identification of new activities. Dragon Star identifies and demonstrates mutual interest and benefit in the cooperation between the EU and China sharing best practices via workshops and presenting the state of the art and the prospects for cooperation in particular fields.
- Supporting the EU access to Chinese research & innovation programmes (CHINAACCESS4EU)
aims at increasing the awareness and dissemination in the Member States and Associated Countries of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and/or innovation programmes. The overriding purpose of the proposed project is to help develop the reciprocity aspect of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement by identifying the Chinese programmes open to EU researchers and promote their participation, and to provide outputs useful in the context of the Joint Committee meetings of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement
- Immunocan (INCO LAB) is a European Commission Subsidized International Scientific Cooperation Program, with Chinese and European Academic Laboratories. It aims at increasing the translational medical research cooperation between European countries and China, and more particularly at conducting research to identify immunological characteristics in Chinese cancer patients as medical biomarkers for the personalized prognosis of patients. It aims also at enhancing the research capacity and the technological transfer to the joint institute by providing adequate human resources and equipment to conduct beyond the state-of-the-art oncology research and promoting a reference Euro-Asian centre on Chinese cancer prognosis by spreading the knowledge and by raising awareness in China and European Union
Chinese funding agencies or government representatives expressed interest in the following projects of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap: SLHC (upgrade of the large Hadron Collider), SPIRAL2 (facility for the production and study of rare isotope radioactive beams), ELI (Extreme Light intensity short pulse laser) and HiPER (High Power long pulse laser for "fast-ignition" fusion). Additionally, China is a stakeholder in the FAIR facility (nuclear physics) and in the X-FEL free electron laser at DESY (Hamburg, DE).
- Joint Declaration on the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue
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