International Cooperation



9 April 2019

4th High Level EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue

Photo from the ICD. At the centre, from left to right: Commissioner Carlos Moedas, Premier Li Keqiang, President Jean-Claude Juncker, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang

The meeting took place in Brussels together with the 21st EU-China Summit and was co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wang Zhigang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology.

The launch of a joint roadmap for future cooperation in research and innovation was one of the main outcomes of the meeting, which also discussed framework conditions for cooperation, including: access to research and innovation programmes; open access to scientific publications and research data; standardisation; research ethics and integrity; policies to support SME’s innovation; and intellectual property protection and enforcement in stimulating innovation.

The sides also confirmed their agreement to proceed with the tacit renewal of the Science and Technology Agreement (in place since 1998) for another 5-year period.

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3 January 2019

14th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation and side events

Director General for DG RTD Mr Jean-Eric Paquet and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Zhang Jianguo, with the China and EU Delegates

The 14th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the EU-China Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Beijing on 13 December 2018 under the co-chairmanship of European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Jean-Eric Paquet and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Zhang Jianguo. The two parties went through framework conditions for cooperation, the implementation of the Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM), and thematic areas including aviation, Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies (FAB), biotechnologies and biomaterials, environment, sustainable urbanisation and Mission Innovation. Topics of potential future collaboration were also raised such as water, artificial intelligence (in particular ethical aspects), health, marine, and space. There were also talks on personnel exchange and mobility and an agreement to develop a common cooperation roadmap.

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EU-China scientific cooperation is governed by a Science & Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in December 1998 and renewed for the third time in December 2014. The implementation of the Agreement is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee which last met 29 March 2017 in Brussels.

The importance of China as a key partner country has been confirmed by the Commission decision to set up a dedicated High Level Innovation Cooperation Dialogue (ICD) through a joint declaration signed in September 2012 by Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn and Chinese Minister WAN Gang. The ICD has the ambition of raising the level and intensity of research and innovation relations with China by providing a forum for discussion respective innovation policies and systems, addressing framework conditions and launching new joint R&I initiatives.

In addition an Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Government of the People's Republic of China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (RD-PUNE) is in place since August 2008. China and Euratom are participating in an inter-governmental multilateral agreement on fission-related research, are partners of the ITER multilateral cooperation project on fusion research and participate, within the Generation IV international Forum, in the research and development activities of the Sodium Fast Reactor and the Very-High Temperature Reactor.

The 19th EU-China Summit that took place on 2 June 2017 in Brussels provided the opportunity for EU and China leaders to reaffirm the importance of cooperation in the area of research and innovation as a driver for economic and social development and a key element of EU-China relations. Two research and innovation related documents were signed at the Summit notably: i) a Joint Statement on flagship initiatives and co-funding mechanisms, ii) a Framework Research Arrangement between the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

At the 3rd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue organised in the margins of the Summit and co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wan Gang, China's Minister of Science and Technology, the European Union and China have agreed to boost their cooperation with a new package of flagship initiatives targeting the areas of food, agriculture and biotechnologies, environment and sustainable urbanisation, surface transport, safer and greener aviation, and biotechnologies for environment and human health. These initiatives will translate into a number of topics for cooperation with China under Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation.

Framework documents

Background documents

EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism


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