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 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). In the meeting the framework conditions for cooperation in research and innovation were discussed. The two parties noted the general openness of their respective programmes, and the absence of any significant barriers to co-operation. Read the joint communiqué 387 KB
Both parties agreed on the need to deepen cooperation in targeted areas, such as Bioeconomy (where New Zealand participates in several of the related Joint Programming Initiatives) and Health. Further areas for current discussions include administrative big data, precision agriculture, earthquake research and dialogue on industrial innovation. New Zealand's Callaghan Innovation is now a member of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
Review of cooperation
A review of EU-New Zealand cooperation 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.
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.
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DG Research and Innovation
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with New Zealand
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
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