News3 May 2019Brussels, BelgiumResearch and Innovation
Commissioner Moedas meets Japanese Science Minister Takuya Hirai
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, met today Takuya Hirai, the Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy. They agreed that the latest developments in respective research and innovation policies present new opportunities to continue strengthening EU-Japan cooperation.
Commissioner Moedas and Minister Hirai said:
The EU is preparing to launch its new research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. The new Japanese Moonshot Research & Development Programme, at the same time, promotes R&D for disruptive innovation and targets solutions to ambitious social and economic challenges. With the introduction of these new programmes on both sides, we expect EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation to increase in areas of mutual interest, in line with last year’s EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement.
As part of the 26th EU-Japan Summit on 25 April, both sides committed to extending the co-funding of joint projects and welcomed the new arrangement to provide opportunities for collaboration between researchers from the European Research Council and Japan Science and Technology Agency.