16-17 April 2013, The Third Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation
On 16 and 17 of April 2013 the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting was convened in Brussels. This yearly meeting is held alternatively in Europe and in the country holding the presidency of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The meeting was attended by representatives of 21 countries of the CELAC region, together with representatives from EU countries, coordinators of relevant networking projects and colleagues from the European Commission and from the European External Action Service (EEAS) . The meeting was opened by Mr Carlos Applegren Balbontin, the Ambassador of Chile to the European Union and Ms Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of Directorate General Research and Innovation, of the European Commission.
At the meeting, reports were given from the four existing thematic Working Groups and the horizontal, Cross-cutting Working Groups "Existing and New Instruments". A new working group on Health was created, which will be co-chaired by Spain and Brazil. The working group will be supported by the EU-LAC-Health coordination action. A second operational group towards the possible adoption of a Working Group on Career Development of Researchers was also put in place, co-chaired by Finland and Mexico. At the end of the meeting, the previous holder of the CELAC presidency, Chile, handed over the responsibilities to the current presidency, Cuba, which was represented by Ms Lina Dominguez, the Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Environment. The next meeting will be held in Costa Rica, the 2014 CELAC presidency country.
- Finland’s action plan on lac
- a) ALCUE NET Summary
- b) ALCUE NET General Presentation
- EUCARINET Summary
- ENLACE Summary
- ALCUE KKBE Project presentation
- a) Americas flyer
- b) Americas Project presentation
- ENSOCIO La overview
- a) EU LAC Health Newsletter
- EULAC Project brochure
- HEALTH Group proposal
- Collaboration in doctoral education
- a) Bioeconomy
- b) Presentation WG Bioeconomy
- a) Renewable energy wg
- b) Renewable energy
- a) Biodiversity and Climate change
- b) Biodiversity and Climate change
- a) ICT for Societal challenges
- a) ICT for Societal challenges
- Funding instruments
26-27 January 2013, The 1st EU-CELAC Summit / 7th EU-LAC Summit brought together European, Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State and Government in Santiago (Chile), to address the topic of an Alliance for Sustainable Development to Promote Investments of Social and Environmental Quality. During the Summit, the leaders adopted a political Declaration and expanded the Action Plan previously adopted at the Madrid Summit in 2010 for bi-regional cooperation. For video extracts from the Summit’s closing ceremony please click here; for extracts from the press conference by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, and Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, please click here. More info about the event here.
The Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation, 16-17 April 2013, Brussels
Five working groups were set up by the previous Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) to enhance bi-regional cooperation mobilising national, regional and bi-regional funding instruments and other means, projects and platforms enabling such cooperation. These are respectively:
- Bioeconomy, including food security - co-led by Argentina and France
- Renewable energies - co-led by Mexico and Spain
- Biodiversity and Climate Change - co-led by Colombia and France
- ICT for meeting societal challenges - co-led by Chile and Finland
- Cross-cutting WG "Existing and New Instruments" - co-led by Mexico and Portugal
The Sixth Summit 2010, Madrid
The Sixth EU-LAC Summit took place on 18 May 2010 in Madrid. Its central theme was Towards a new phase of the bi-regional association: innovation and technology for sustainable development and social inclusion. The Summit was preceded by a Science & Technology Ministerial Forum in Madrid, 14 May 2010; a Ministerial Forum on the Information Society in March; and a Science & Technology Senior Officials Meeting in Buenos Aires, 25-26 February 2010. The Senior Officials Meeting agreed on a draft text for an EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, which was subsequently adopted by the Ministerial Forum in Madrid, on 14 May 2010.
The Summit accepted the proposal of the Ministerial Forum and inserted a mandate to implement the EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Summit Declaration and Action Plan. Part I of the Action Plan focused on research and innovation. It also specifies that senior officials meetings should take place regularly to put the bi-regional Science, Technology & Innovation dialogue on firmer institutional footing. The Action Plan also mandates to build additional momentum in the cooperation through a combination of national, regional and bi-regional resources.
The brochure, ‘Towards the EU-LAC Knowledge Area - Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion’ was published prior to the 6th Summit and provides an overview of the development of concrete cooperation to deliver on the political objectives of this and previous summits.
Activities to implement the Action Plan are reported in the section Making the EC-LAC Knowledge Area a reality through practice.
The Fifth EU-LAC Summit 2008, Lima, Peru
The Fifth EU-LAC Summit took place 16-17 May 2008 in the National Museum in Lima. The two key themes for the agenda:
1. Poverty, inequality, inclusion
2. Sustainable development: Environment; climate change; biodiversity, energy, forests and water.
Both themes have heavy implications for science, technology, education and innovation. Many of the 221 research projects with participants from Latin America and the Caribbean in the 6th Research Framework Programme (2002-2006) addressed topics of direct relevance to the deliberations of the Summit. The performance of Latin American teams in the first calls of the 7th Research Framework Programme (2007-2013) nurtures expectations for consolidation and expansion of cooperation. Another important step was the first ever meeting of Environment Ministers, convened on 4 March 2008 in Brussels. Climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, biodiversity loss and deforestation were at the top of the agenda. These issues are especially significant given their importance for the economic well-being of EU and Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The Fourth EU-LAC Summit 2006, Vienna, Austria
In the run-up of the Vienna Summit, preparatory policy dialogue at senior officials and ministerial levels had confirmed the mutual interest in further developing the EU-LAC Knowledge Area. On 1-3 February 2006, EU-LAC Senior Officials Meeting on S&T Cooperation, Salzburg, Austria
The Vienna Summit Declaration was adopted 12 May 2006 and underscored this commitment.
Brazil, Chile, Mexico and MERCOSUR, among others, had also used synergistic funding from technical cooperation to set up funding with matching resources from each country/sub-region and Europe respectively to support capacity building in research and innovation, thus addressing the identified need to strengthen the linkages between research and its use in social and economic innovation. Colombia made the most of the opportunities afforded by the ALFA researcher exchange programme â it achieved the highest participation rate in relation to its population (though not the highest numbers in absolute terms).
Data on the participation of Latin American and Caribbean research teams in the 6th Research Framework Programme showed some progress, but also illustrate the potential for quantitative and qualitative development. Relatively few Europeans participate in national research programmes in Latin American countries and Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowships were not used by young Europeans to do research in Latin America. This was despite the fact that there is progress with mutual recognition of degrees and certificates and a good number of research centers in Latin America have strong international reputation. However, bilateral Science & Technology cooperation of several EU Member States is well developed with Latin American countries.
The Third EU-LACSummit 2004, Guadalajara, Mexico
The Guadalajara Summit in Mexico, convened on 28-29 May 2004, illustrated the broadening bi-regional agenda. The Declaration confirmed the importance of cooperation across the entire knowledge spectrum, from education, science and technology to innovation and in particular the need to go ahead in the direction of the ALCUE Knowledge Area. Paragraph 93 states explicitly:
"We consider that the future EU-LAC Knowledge Area should be built on the results of the successful science and technology bi-regional dialogue and include reinforcement of cooperation in science and technology, higher education and information and communication technologies. Considering the importance of science and technology for the social and economic development of our countries, and guided by the outcome of the ministerial meetings and the bi-regional working group on scientific and technological cooperation, we agree to launch a partnership in science and technology with a view to including Latin America and the Caribbean as a target region in the EU Framework Programmes in these sectors, thereby contributing to deepening and developing bi-regional links and encouraging mutual participation in research programmes."
The Second EU-LAC Summit 2002, Madrid, Spain
Heads of State and Government reflected on follow-up activities to the Rio Summit in the Declaration adopted at the Madrid Summit, 17 May 2002. They recognised the work of the several ministerial meetings on key areas, such as on science and technology as a "meaningful contribution to the building of the bi-regional strategic partnership". Their assessment of different dimensions of relations between the two regions is incorporated in the Conclusions of the EU-Latin America & the Caribbean Summit.
Moreover, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico had already negotiated bilateral scientific and technological cooperation agreements with Europe or were in the process of doing so.
The First EU-LACSummit 1999, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The first summit between Heads of State and Government from Latin America countries, the Caribbean, the European Union's Member States and the European Commission (ALCUE) took place on 28-29 June 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Knowledge cooperation was a topic on the agenda of political dialogue at the highest level between the two regions, and the promotion and preservation of cultural heritage in both regions was considered an important shared objective.
Science & Technology related follow-up process:
A Senior Officials Meeting on scientific and technological cooperation was convened in Lisbon, on 5-6 June 2000 in the follow-up to the Rio Summit. It had been prepared on both sides by intra-regional consultations. The general mandate of the group was agreed. Its general aims are to establish a policy dialogue in science and technology and to promote joint research and technological development actions that benefit the sustainable and equitable development of both regions. A work plan and approach to implementation was agreed. There was also a recognition of the need to develop a vision for bi-regional cooperation. The initial priority areas of co-operation were agreed as follows:
- Promoting healthy societies and quality of life
- Information society
- Competitive growth in the global environment
- Sustainable development and urbanisation
- Cultural heritage
- Cross-cutting issues, including human resource development, intellectual property rights and ethical issues
Bi-regional dialogue workshops were convened by 'prime movers' on each side taking responsibility for one theme each. Spain and Brazil together with the Commission ensured overall coordination of the process.
The Senior Officials Meeting in Bruges, 13-14 December 2001, took stock of the outcomes of the workshops and developed a Shared vision for the consideration of a Science & Technology Ministerial Conference. This Ministerial Conference was convened in Brasilia, Brazil, 20-22 March 2002 and an Action Plan was adopted.
- INCO-Net project ENLACE - Enhancing Scientific Cooperation between the European Union and Central America. The Coordinator is APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, from Italy. The European countries involved are: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Partners from Latin America include: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. The Mexican counterpart is Ecosur - El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
- INCO-Net Project EUCARINET - Fostering the European Union - Caribbean Research and Innovation Networks. The Coordinator is APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea from Italy. The European countries involved are: Italy, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain. Partners from Caribbean countries include: Guyana, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Netherlands Antilles.
- INCO-Net project ALCUENET - Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation, which runs from 2012 to 2016. The Coordinator is the Ministry of Science and Technology (Argentina). The European countries involved are: Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Portugal and Norway. Partners from Latin America include: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Uruguay. The Mexican counterpart is the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).
- ALCUE-Net project - Towards a Latin America & Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) in partnership with Europe. The Coordinator is CIRAD - Centre de Cooperation internationale en recherche agronomique pour le Developpement, from France. The European countries involved are: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal. Partners from Latin America include: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.
- EU-LAC Health project - Defining a Roadmap for Cooperative Health research between the EU and Latin America-Caribbean countries: a Policy Oriented Approach. The Coordinator is ISCIII -Â Instituto de salud Carlos III, from Spain. The European countries involved are: Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Partners from Latin America include: Argentina, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
- AMERICAS Project - Latin America-Europe ICT Cooperation Advanced Strategies Funded by DG Connect. The Coordinator is INMARK Estudios estratégicos S.A, from Spain. The European countries involved are: United Kingdow and Spain. Partners from Latin America include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
- ENSOCIO-LA - Strategic, Sustainable R&I Cooperation with Latin America (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials). The Coordinator is SAMUI France sarl, from France. The European countries involved are: Czech Republic, France, Germany and Sweden. Partners from Latin America include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Trinidad &Tobago.
More information can be obtained by using the CORDIS search facility.
- EU-CELAC ACTION_ PLAN_ 2013-2015
- Santiago Declaration
- Declaración de Santiago sobre Cooperación Universitaria en Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación y propuestas a los jefes de estado y de gobierno de la cumbre CELAC-UE
- ERAWATCH country reports
- Information about the S&T system in Latin America and the Caribbean can be found here with links to national and regional services
- Education, science and technology in Latin America â a statistical compendium of the Inter-American Development Bank
- External Relations between Europe and Latin America
- Regional Country Strategy Paper Latin America (2007-2013)
- Communication from the Commission to Council and to the European Parliament on a "Stronger Partnership between the European Union and Latin America
- ECLAC Experts discuss science and technology policies in Latin America - December 2007
- Science for Development â Regional Gateway Latin America on SciDevNet
- UNESCO Network for the popularisation of science and technology in Latin Americaand the Caribbean
- External Relations between Europe and Latin America
- EULARINET webpage
- More information can be obtained by using theCORDIS search facility.
- Latin America (except Brazil, Mexico, Central America & Caribbean)
- Mexico, Central America and Caribbean