Latin America, the Caribbean, the European Union's Member States and the European Commission (EU-LAC/ALCUE)
EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting on Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 25-26 February 2010, and next steps towards the Summit
The European Union-Latin America and Caribbean (EU-LAC) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Science and Technology, 25-26 February in Buenos Aires was part of the official EU-LAC Summit preparation agenda. It was of particular relevance given that the Summit scheduled for 18-19 May 2010 in Madrid is focused on "Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion".
Head table of the SOM from left to right: María Angeles Rodríguez Peña, Deputy Director General European Programmes, Spanish Ministry of Sciences and Innovation; Águeda Menvielle, Director International Relations, Argentinean Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation; José Lino Salvador Barañao, Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation; Felipe Pétriz, Secretary of Research, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation; José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, Director General for Research, European Commission.
The SOM produced concrete proposals for consideration of the S&T Ministerial Meeting scheduled for 13-14 May to endorse these inputs to the Summit Declaration and Action Plan. The key decisions were the adoption of an amended version of the White Paper prepared essentially by the two co-presidencies (Spain for Europe and Argentina for LAC) in consultation with the European Commission and country representations on both sides of the Atlantic. Read the White Paper (EN and ES).
A Roadmap for developing the priority actions is now under development so that the EU-LAC S&T Ministerial Meeting 13-14 May 2010 in Madrid can consider (and hopefully endorse) a substantive input to the Summit agenda and follow-up. The Commission presented four contributions to the Summit's Action Plan. The Knowledge and Innovation Centres aiming at enabling increased uptake of research results and innovation and to be funded from RELEX resources met with particular interest. A LAC focus in 2011 FP7 work programmes is also in preparation in collaboration with all interested thematic and horizontal directorates responsible for the implementation of the 7th Research Framework Programme.
The SOM was attended by 42 out of potentially 61 delegations (20 of the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries (those missing were mostly some Caribbean countries) and 21 out of 27 EU countries and the Commission).