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Strategic Forum for International Science and Technology Cooperation

Establishment and mandate

SFIC was established through the Competitiveness Council conclusions of 2 December 2008. These conclusions also include the SFIC mandate.

The Secretariat of the Forum is provided by the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.



SFIC is chaired by an EU Member State. Since June 2013, the Chair is Mr. Dan Andrée, Swedish Ministry of Education and Science and VINNOVA (The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems).


Work programmes

According to the SFIC rules of procedures the SFIC must draw up a work programme and update it regularly. Currently the SFIC operates with a biannual work programme.


Horizontal Workshops

Mobility to and from BRIC countries

Peer learning workshop on SFIC's role at national level


Annual reports

In the SFIC mandate given by the Council conclusions of December 2008 SFIC is tasked to report annually to the Council and they Commission on progress achieved in realizing its objectives.


SFIC opinion

On 21 November 2011 SFIC adopted its Opinion on the ERA Framework ( 199 KB).

SFIC opinion on the 1st ERA progress report 2013  PDF icon 106 KB


Summary conclusions of SFIC meetings

The summary conclusions of SFIC meetings can be found on the SFIC dedicated part of the Council's website.




Relevant Council conclusions and Commission Communications


For more information on the SFIC please see the dedicated page on the Council website or contact the SFIC Secretariat using the following e-mail address: