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20 June 2013
The New Zealand-EC Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee

Photo Máire Geoghegan-Quinn greeds Steven Joyce

The meeting was held in Brussels on 20 June. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, received Steven Joyce, New Zealander Minister for Economic Development, for Science and Innovation, and for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. They discussed about strengthening the links between the EU and New Zealand in the areas of science, innovation and education.

Steven Joyce, Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of the "Research and Innovation" of the EC, Ruxandra Drãghia-Akli, Director the "Research and Innovation" of the EC, Prue Williams, New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment General Manager for Science Investments and Vangelis Vitalis, Head of the Mission of New Zealand to the EU and all other Members of the two Delegations participated in the plenary meeting of the joint committee, which aims to identify shared research priorities and plan future joint work.

Read the Joint Communique  PDF icon .

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Policy Dialogue

The structured bilateral cooperation of the EU and New Zealand in science and technology is fast developing.

The New Zealand - EU relationship began more than 52 years ago on specific issues such as agriculture and trade, but has now expanded to a larger number of areas.

The Joint Declaration on Relations and Cooperation signed in 2007 between the European Union and New Zealand set goals and drew up a joint work programme.

It includes:

  • issues of global and regional security
  • promoting sustainable development and the protection of the global environment
  • the need to address the issue of climate change and encourage innovation, increased productivity and competitiveness

Science and Technology

Europe is New Zealand's most important regional partner in research and innovation and has strong research links with EU Member States.

The Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the EU and New Zealand, came into force in 2009 for an unlimited period of time.

The related, ongoing EU-New Zealand Science and Technology and Innovation Cooperation Roadmap reflects the main actions that both parties take to strengthen their cooperation such as:

  • identifying mutual priorities
  • increasing research cooperation and dialogue, in both the volume and quality
  • establishing appropriate channels of information and mechanisms for cooperation at bilateral and regional level

Both parties agreed to deepen cooperation in targeted areas (e.g. in people, FAB, ICT, health and industrial technologies programmes) and to ensure a continual dialogue in other thematic areas (environment, energy, and social sciences and humanities).

They also agreed to support enabling measures for an enhanced New Zealand-EU research collaboration, through strengthened researcher mobility (Marie Curie, IRSES and COST), dialogue platforms and information portals.

Review of cooperation

A review of review of EU-New Zealand cooperation  PDF icon 1.1 MB was performed from March to September 2013 in the field of research. It particularly assessed the implementation and impact of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community Union and the Government of New Zealand. The review was carried out by two independent experts, Dr Chantal Khan-Malek and Dr Malcolm Windsor, both appointed by the European Commission.

The 4th EU-NZ Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in Wellington on 8-9 December 2014. The meeting was co-chaired by Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research & Innovation and Dr Prue Williams, General Manager, Science Investments (MBIE). Read the joint communiqué  PDF icon 387 KB



PACE-Net Plus

It supports bi-regional science, technology and innovation (ST&I) cooperation between New Zealand, the South Pacific island nations and the European Union.



Framework documents

Background documents


European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Szilvia Nemeth
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with New Zealand
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
Telephone: (+32) 229 97685

Szilvia Nemeth