Many, if not all, of the societal challenges on which European research and innovation must focus are actually global issues. Overcoming these should therefore be a worldwide effort.
EU funding in 2011
€ 28.94 million
This is why the Commission has urged EU partner countries to join forces in tackling these global societal challenges.
FP7 is already the world's most open public research programme, making it a great tool for addressing global challenges with key international partners. In 2011, the EU held 21 joint research committee meetings under its bilateral agreements. The EU held also meetings to promote bi-regional cooperation with the African Union, ASEAN and Latin America and the Caribbean countries. These meetings highlighted the need for countries to commit more closely to future research cooperation.