EU – Argentina enhancing cooperation in Research & Innovation
The Argentinian delegation led by Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) (second from the left)
The 9th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on the 27 of March 2017. The Argentinian delegation was led by Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) and included Mr. Alejandro Ceccatto, President of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).
It focused on exploring ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in science and technology. In this line, both delegations welcomed the renewal of the bilateral Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation for five years. The agreement will continue to provide a stable political, legal and administrative framework for facilitating S&T cooperative activities.
Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for Argentina and the European Union to cooperate in Research and Innovation on the basis of trust. In this framework, both parties acknowledged the need to promote gender equality in Research and Innovation activities, relating to male and female researchers careers and to the gender dimension in Research and Innovation content.
The major developments in R&I 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 bio-economy, marine research , climate action and resource efficiency among others activities.
At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs recalled the importance of EU-Argentina relations in the field of science and technology, to promote excellence of their research, to increase the competitiveness of their industries and to address common and global societal challenges.
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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DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego MOFFRE
Senior Policy Officer
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
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Luis Samaniego Moffre