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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement relating to scientific and technical cooperation between the European Community and Australia - Declaration of the Council and the Commission
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Canberra
Date of Signature 23/02/1994
Date of Entry Into Force 25/07/1994
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To facilitate cooperation by appropriate means in areas of mutual interest in which the parties wish to foster scientific and/or technological progress.
Remarks Significant progress has been achieved in the area of scientific and technical co-operation between the Community and Australia. This S&T agreement of 1994 was the first such co-operation agreement concluded by the European Community with an industrialised country outside Europe. Originally limited to six clearly defined areas, the agreement has been broadened in 1999 to allow Australia to participate in all EU thematic research programmes and to access all large-scale research facilities of the EU. Examples of areas of mutual interest: biotechnology, medical and health research, marine science, environment, and information and communication technology. The agreement covers also rules relating to intellectual property. The forum for European Australian S&T Co-operation met for the fourth time in November 2003 in Canberra. A 1991 exchange of letters established a framework for collaboration and dialogue between the European Commission and the Australian government.
OJ Reference L188, 22/07/1994, p. 18
Depositary Australia
Contracting Parties European Community, Australia
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Subject Matters Australia
EC agreement
Research and Innovation
cooperation agreement
scientific cooperation
scientific research
technical cooperation
Territorial application Article 10 Agreement
Management Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 27 June 1994 concerning the conclusion of an Agreement relating to scientific and technical cooperation between the European Community and Australia; OJ L188 of 22/07/1994, p.17
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 130m

Last Update :   27/08/2007