International Cooperation



7 June 2019

EU and Argentina to cooperate on Open Science

On 7 June 2019, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina hosted the 11th Joint Steering Committee on cooperation on science and technology between the European Union and Argentina in Buenos Aires. This occasion marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the EU-Argentina Science and Technology Agreement, which has formed the basis of strong, effective and strategic cooperation between the two regions. Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Education and, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina and Ms. Aude Maio-Coliche, EU Head of Delegation in Argentina opened the meeting. It was co-chaired by Mariano Jordan, Director for international cooperation at MINCyT and Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and the framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for Argentina and the European Union to cooperate in research and innovation based on trust. Underlining the commitment to pursue common approaches to research and innovation and in particular to Open Access, Argentina will join Coalition S, the global coalition promoting open access to scientific results. Argentina expressed its interest in promoting a regional initiative on this topic among the countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The major developments in research and innovation policies and programmes since the last Joint Steering Committee meeting were presented. In addition, both delegations exchanged views on and agreed to step up cooperation on the bioeconomy, marine research and health research, among other activities.

At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs underlined the importance of EU-Argentina relations in science and technology to promote research excellence, increase the competitiveness of their industries and address common and global societal challenges.

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18 April 2018

EU and Argentina reinforce cooperation in marine research and innovation

The European Commission and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina signed today an administrative arrangement encouraging cooperation in marine research and innovation to tackle the challenges linked to the Atlantic Ocean, including ocean observation, food security, polar research and climate variability. This arrangement complements the EU's wide-ranging and successful cooperation with Argentina on science and technology and also its long-standing commitment towards Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.

Preceding the signature of the administrative arrangement, participants to the EU-Argentina Joint Steering Committee, which sets priorities for common work on Research and Innovation, discussed the Argentinian application process to join Mission Innovation– a global initiative of 22 countries and the EU to accelerate global clean energy innovation.

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Policy Dialogue

Argentina signed an Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation with the European Community in September 1999. Both sides ratified it in the following year. The agreement has a validity of five years and is renewed tacitly for the following five years unless a change is suggested. The agreement was renewed for another five years in 2011.

The agreement creates an institutional foundation for a wide variety of knowledge centred cooperation. The Agreement entails regular meetings of the Steering Committee, which offer opportunities for developing bilateral policy dialogues and promote, monitor and steer cooperation. The European Framework Programmes are a major instrument for implementation on the European side and Argentina's national mechanisms and research support schemes are also being used in pursuit of the objectives of scientific and technological cooperation. Many EU Member States are also actively engaged with Argentina in S&T cooperation.

The main areas of cooperation under the Agreement have been in the thematic areas of Health; Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology; Environment; Nanotechnology; ICT and Energy.

During the first six years of the 7th Framework Programme, up to 2012, over one hundred Argentine institutional partners have been supported in some 86 different projects, mainly in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Health; Environment; and ICT. More than 80 Argentine researchers have come to Europe with Marie Curie Fellowships. More than €13 million has been committed to the Argentine participants for all these different activities. In addition, there are 7 Argentinian European Research Council grantees.

Argentina is also very active within the context of regional cooperation between the EU and Latin America, notably in the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. Argentina co-chairs, together with France, the Working Group dealing with Bioeconomy including Food Security.

The EU's Joint Research Centre has a very diverse field of activities with Argentina. The cooperation encompasses activities in particular in nuclear energy, agriculture, water, climate, ICT / Future Internet. The nuclear energy field is the one where the JRC has the most advanced cooperation.



Argentina coordinates the INCO-Net project ALCUE-Net 'Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation' (2012-2017). The coordinator is the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. The project was initiated on the 1st of December 2012, with a kick-off meeting in Brussels on 18 April 2013. It runs for four and a half years. It has 19 partners from 16 countries. The European countries involved are: Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Portugal and Norway. The CELAC partners are from Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Panama, Barbados, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. The objectives of the project are however not only linked to the partner countries involved, but also to the bi-regional cooperation between the whole of the EU and the Latin-American and Caribbean regions.


The project "Argentinean Bureau for Enhancing Cooperation with the European Union in the Science, Technology and Innovation Area; Phase III" is a continuation of two previous bilateral projects. The project aims at setting up a sustainable, knowledge-based, bilateral dialogue platform between S&T key players as well as stakeholders from the European Union Member States and Associated Countries and from Argentina. ABEST III will focus on contributing to the implementation of the Framework Programmes' objectives by increasing participation of Argentinian actors in science, technology and innovation in the Framework Programmes through a comprehensive and reciprocal approach in awareness raising, good practice sharing and effective dissemination activities. It will also establish synergies with other on-going projects and initiatives, in particular those addressing the regional aspects of EU-CELAC cooperation.

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European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego MOFFRE
Senior Policy Officer
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 52611

Luis Samaniego Moffre