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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 03/02/2004
Date of Entry Into Force 13/06/2005
Duration Definite
Objective of Agreement To upgrade and intensify co-operation between Mexico and the European Union, of in the field of science and technology and to extend and strengthen the conduct of co-operative activities in areas of common interest.
Remarks The Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement1 between the European Community and its Member States of the one part and the United Mexican States of the other part, entered into force on 1 October 2000. Article 29, paragraph5 of this Agreement identified cooperation on science and technology as an area of particular interest and potential. The Agreement is based on the principles of mutual benefit, reciprocal opportunities for access to each other’s programmes and activities relevant to the purpose of the Agreement, non-discrimination, the effective protection of intellectual property and equitable sharing of intellectual property rights. It shall be concluded for an initial period of five years and may be tacitly renewed after full evaluation, based on the results, during the penultimate year of each successive five-year period. The Agreement provides for: • establishment of networks and long-term institutional alliances between research centres and research and technology institutes and joint implementation of projects of common interest; • implementation of RTD projects between research and business centres in Mexico and Europe, including technology-based companies; • participation of Mexican research institutes in RTD projects under the existing framework programme and reciprocal participation of research institutes established in the Community in Mexican projects in similar sectors of RTD. Such participation shall be subject to the rules and procedures applicable in RTD programmes of each Party; • visits and exchanges of scientists, RTD policy-makers and technical experts, including scientific training through research ; • joint organisation of scientific seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops, as well as participation of experts in such activities; • exchanges and sharing of equipment and materials including shared use and/or loans of laboratory infrastructure and equipment; • exchanges of information on procedures, laws, regulations and programmes relevant to cooperation under this Agreement, exchanges of experience and studies on best practice on science and technology policy; • any other form recommended by the Steering Committee and deemed in conformity with the policies and procedures applicable in both Parties; • cooperation activities to be subject to the availability of funds and to the applicable laws and regulations, policies and programmes of Mexico and the Community; • in principle, no transfer of funds will take place.
OJ Reference L290, 04/11/2005, p. 17
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Mexico
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Latin America
Research and Innovation
Entry into force conditions Article 11 Agreement
Territorial application Article 10 Agreement
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 13 June 2005 on the conclusion of the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States; OJ L290 of 04/11/2005, p.16
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 170

Last Update :   13/11/2008