International Cooperation

New Zealand


9 March 2020

A New Horizon opens up for research and innovation cooperation with New Zealand

Jean-Eric Paquet (Director General, DG RTD) and Megan Woods (NZ Minister for Research, Science and Innovation/Energy and Resources)

In July 2019, RTD Director General Jean-Eric Paquet visited New Zealand. In this occasion he co-chaired the 5th EU-NZ Joint Committee meeting on Science and Technological Cooperation (Joint Communiqué), and met Megan Woods (NZ Minister for Research, Science and Innovation/Energy and Resources), as well as several important interlocutors, such as the University of Auckland, the Maurice Wilkins Centre at the School of Biological Sciences, the Auckland Bio-Engineering Institute, Callaghan Innovation, and NZ Tech.

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Policy Dialogue

In 2017 the EU and New Zealand entered into a Partnership Agreement (PARC) which contains a number of economic and trade cooperation rules. On 22 May 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted the decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and New Zealand.

The EU is the most significant regional science and innovation partner of New Zealand with more than half of New Zealand’s researchers having an active collaboration with a European partner. New Zealand also has strong research links with several EU Member States.

The science and innovation relationship of New Zealand and EU is supported by the 2009 Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement which has been instrumental in creating stronger links with New Zealand.

The EU-New Zealand Science and Technology and Innovation Cooperation Roadmap reflects the main actions that both parties take to strengthen their cooperation. These activities are regularly discussed in Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meetings. The last JSTCC was held in Wellington on 29 July 2019 (see related Joint Communiqué  PDF icon 2.5 MB ) with the next joint meeting planned for 2021 in Brussels.

Review of cooperation

A review of EU-New Zealand cooperation  PDF icon 1.1 MB in the field of research was performed from March to September 2013. 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 and it confirmed a mature, successful relationship.



As a bilateral cooperation project FRIENZ (Facilitating Research and Innovation co-operation between Europe and New Zealand) was a joint initiative between the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the European Commission (EC) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The FRIENZ project facilitated new and deeper strategic research, science and innovation partnerships between Europe and New Zealand. The three year project concluded successfully in January 2016.

PACE-Net Plus

The project supported bi-regional science, technology and innovation (ST&I) cooperation between New Zealand, the South Pacific island nations and the European Union. The successful project finished in 2016.

Framework documents

Background documents


European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Carmela Cutugno
Policy Officer - International Cooperation
Unit RTD H1 - International Cooperation
Telephone: (+32) 229 88389

Carmela Cutugno