Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
The European Union (EU) and Central Asian countries share the common goal of achieving stability and prosperity by means of peaceful interaction, political cooperation and economic development. The EU is strongly committed to strengthening its relations in all areas of cooperation with Central Asian countries. This effort is implemented through "The EU-Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership", adopted by the European Council in June 2007 which aims at strengthening EU-Central Asian relations in all areas of cooperation, especially reinforcing cooperation in human rights, education, rule of law, energy and transport, environment and water, common threats and trade and economic relations.
Increased cooperation in the field of science and research is of mutual interest for the EU and the Central Asian countries because the two regions share numerous scientific challenges. Investments and cooperation focusses on innovation and especially on innovative agriculture and sustainable energy.
Stronger cooperation can be achieved in all scientific areas by participation of organisations from Central Asian countries in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
The International Cooperation Network for Central Asian and South Caucasian countries - IncoNet CA/SC (www.inco-casc.net) - aims at strengthening and deepening the EU S&T cooperation with the countries of the regions. The project has published a White Paper on Opportunities and Challenges in View of Enhancing the EU Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus in Science, Research, and Innovation.
DG Research and Innovation
Unit RTD D 1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
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