25 September 2013
Brussels: Sixth EU-Mexico Science and Technology Committee meeting
16-17 April 2013
The third yearly meeting of the Senior Officials in charge of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) was convened in Brussels on 16 and 17 April 2013. Mexico is participating actively in the expanding EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation and this will also be of mutual benefit and contribute to scaling up cooperation. Mexico is co-leading two (Energy and Cross-cutting issues) of the Five working groups set up by the SOM to enhance bi-regional cooperation.
1 February 2013
Visit to Mexico of Professor Donald Bruce Dingwell, ERC Secretary General. During his visit Professor Dingwell discussed Science and Technology related policy issues of mutual Mexico-EU interest.
3 January 2013
The new elected President of Mexico, Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto, appointed Director General of Conacyt, Mr. Enrique Cabrera Mendoza. He announced an increase of 18% of the total budged dedicated to ST&I for 2013 with a budget 13% higher for Conacyt activities.
Bilateral relations between the EU and Mexico are governed by the Economic Partnership, Political Co-operation and Co-operation Agreement (a.k.a. the Global Agreement signed in Brussels on 8 December 1997 and entered into force on 1st October 2000).
At the fifth EU-Mexico summit held on 16 May 2010 a Strategic Partnership between Mexico and the EU was agreed by the parties, reflecting the readiness of both players to strengthen coordination on matters of
global importance and further intensify their political, economic and cooperation links.
Signed on 03/02/2004 the Bilateral Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States, came into force on 13/06/2005. It was renewed for another five years in 2010. The science, technology and innovation cooperation is to be seen in the context of the broader EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership agreed in 2009. The objective of the S&T Agreement is to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperative activities in areas of common interest by carrying out and supporting scientific and technological research and development activities. The Joint Steering Committee Meetings (JSCM) are normally held once a year. The participants are the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) from the Mexican side, and from the EU side, Directorate General for Research and Innovation.
The main areas of cooperation are: environment; information and communication technologies; food, agriculture, fisheries, and biotechnology; health; nano-technologies, transport materials and new production technologies; energy; social sciences as well as infrastructures.
Mexico ranks twelfth among the International Partner Countries in terms of participation in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
As with all our major partner countries, the dual approach was used over the lifetime of FP7 to stimulate international participation of Mexican entities in FP7. This is characterised by:
- the openness of FP7, where bottom up participation of Mexican public and private research performing organisations is promoted;
- targeted actions, through which cooperation on particular pre-selected topics are stimulated.
The instruments for the targeted actions included coordinated calls as well as Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICAs). T here are in total 85 research projects with some 101 Mexican participations, and the EU contribution to the Mexican partners is approximately â¬11 million.
- The VI Mexico-EU Summit was held on 17 June 2012 in Los Cabos. The Leaders "... recognized the importance of the bilateral dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation which has reached its 5th edition. They decided to continue harnessing the opportunities that the European Union offers in the field of research and development within the Framework Program and greater diffusion of the communication channels and the links between Mexico and the EU under the new Horizon 2020, especially those concerning research and innovation for the best use of the respective infrastructures of research and the joint creation of innovative products in fields such as the fight against climate change, food security and energy production, among others."
- DG Education and Culture and the Ministry of Public Education of the United Mexican States are responsible for the policy dialogue on education. In October 2009, the Council approved a strategic partnership with Mexico, following the Communication on an EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership of July 2008. A Joint Executive Plan was consequently adopted at the EU-Mexico Summit of 16 May 2010 which underlines, inter alia, the importance of cooperation on education between the EU and Mexico. Stress is notably laid on academic cooperation and mobility. A Joint Declaration to enhance cooperation and dialogue on Education and Training was signed in June 2009. The Joint Declaration establishes the basis for regular exchanges of best practice on issues such as the efficiency and equity of education systems and the internationalisation and modernisation of higher education and training systems. A first EU-Mexico Higher Education Conference was held on 20-22 September 2010 which was followed up at political level by a Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Mexico City on 23 November 2010. At the meeting, parties agreed to carry out joint activities to further facilitate mobility and academic cooperation between the EU and Mexico. A joint EUâMexico study on internationalization and transparency tools has been finalised in October 2012.
The BILAT UEMEXCyT II project supported the bilateral policy dialogue initiated by the S&T Agreement's Joint Steering Committee. It also combined to improve the channels of communication and partnership between Mexico and EU Member States. This project came to an end in 2012. The evaluations of proposals of the call 2 "Bilat Mexico" took place in March 2013 and information on the successful project will be made available shortly.
Mexico is a partner of the 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 (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 â El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
Mexico is a partner of the 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).
- Bilateral Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States
- ERAWATCH country report
- The OECD provides a wide range of social and economic data to improve understanding of the challenges faced in each country. Data for Mexico can be found at www.oecd.org/mexico
- EC Delegation in Mexico
- ERA WATCH profile of the partner
- The Institution responsible for scientific and technological activity is the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) created in 1970 as a public body decentralised from the Federal Administration. It is part of the public Education system (Secretaría de Educación pública) and is responsible for drawing up S&T national policies; it administrates the S&T budget. CONACYT comprises 27 Research Centres distributed throughout the country in order to promote the decentralisation of S&T activities.
- An important listing that provide links to resources related to scientific institutes or associations in or concerned with Mexico
- The most important source for bibliography of books and articles concerning Mexico is the annual Handbook of Latin American Studies
- The website of the Library of Congress' Science and Technology Reading Room, which provides reference and bibliographic services in all areas of science and technology, with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library respectively. One of the major aggregators for links to a wide variety of subjects on Mexico is the University ofTexas' LANIC
ContactsLuis Samaniego Moffre
Policy Officer responsible