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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Republic of South Africa
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 05/12/1996
Date of Entry Into Force 11/11/1997
Duration Definite
Objective of Agreement To encourage and facilitate cooperation between the Community and South Africa in fields of common interest where they are supporting research and development including demonstration activities to advance science and/or technology.
Remarks This Agreement, which was concluded before the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), constitutes a supplementary agreement to the latter. Science and technology are crucial for economic and social development and this agreement thus contributes to South Africa's development. Cooperation is taking place through various activities involving a number of actors, and includes: - reciprocal participation of research entities, i.e. research centres, companies, universities, for example (South African bodies are participating directly in the activities of the EC Framework Programme); - shared use of research facilities; - visits and exchanges of researchers, engineers and technicians; - exchange of information on practices, laws, etc.; - scientific networks and the training of researchers. The Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee is responsible for administering the Agreement. Its functions include, inter alia, making recommendations concerning cooperation activities, reviewing the effective functioning of the Agreement and providing an annual report on the state of progress and effectiveness of cooperation between the two parties. More specifically, a Joint Technology Management Plan (JTNP) is drawn up for each cooperation activity. This plan identifies the objectives of the research activities and the contributions of each party. It must also contain principles in respect of the ownership and use of information resulting from research activities. Funding is provided by each party according to availability of funds and each party's laws/plans. It is not necessary to transfer funds between parties, except in the case of participation in the programme relating to cooperation with third countries and international organisations. Thus, there is no common fund or fixed budget for cooperation and funding is granted according to project. Adequate protection of intellectual property is vital in this area. Each party is subject to the rights and obligations of the party responsible for the activity concerned and provisions relating to the utilisation and dissemination of results must be included in the JTNP. It is intended that the intellectual property rights of the results of activities undertaken under the Agreement should be shared equitably. The Agreement was initially planned to coincide with the duration of the Fourth Framework Programme, which ended in 1998. The Agreement was extended by mutual agreement between the parties and remains in force for the Fifth Programme.
OJ Reference L313, 15/11/1997, p. 26
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, South Africa
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters ACP countries
Research and Innovation
Duration (Conditions) Article 11 Agreement
Management Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 10 November 1997 concluding the Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Republic of South Africa; OJ L313 of 15/11/1997, p.25
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 130m

Last Update :   17/11/2008