On 28 February 2017, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost cooperation and scientific excellence.
The Memorandum opens new avenues for scientific exchange and synergies in the fields of energy, transport, public health, security, climate change, digital transformation, and biotechnology, among others.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, welcomed the signing of the Memorandum:
"Successful policies are underpinned by scientific evidence, and the JRC is ready to put its wealth of knowledge at the disposal of national policy makers, too. This Memorandum paves the way for Slovenia and the JRC to mutually benefit from each other's expertise and scientific excellence."
The Memorandum of understanding envisages strengthening the activities in the framework of EU's macro regional strategies for the Danube, Alpine, and Adriatic–Ionian regions, as well as a particular focus on implementing and monitoring the Smart Specialisation Strategy.
Another emphasis of the future joint scientific work is expected to be in the field of sustainability and resources, with a specific focus on marine and freshwater research, agriculture, forests, and raw materials.
The signing ceremony was attended by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the JRC, Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia as well as a number of Members of the European Parliament and Members of the Slovenian National Assembly.