EC seeks international science co-operation to meet global challenges
The European Commission has recently set out a new strategy for developing international co-operation in research and innovation.
Climate change, food security and fighting diseases are the issues which increasingly require a concerted international research effort. Europe can contribute to it with its science base and innovative industries by being open to international co-operation.
The strategy proposes to further focus co-operation on EU strategic priorities while maintaining the tradition of openness to third country participation in EU research. This includes addressing global challenges, but also making Europe more attractive as a location for research and innovation, and boosting industrial competitiveness.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "Going it alone is not an option in research and innovation. It is critical that Europe reaches out to international partners to access new sources of knowledge and address global challenges.”
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. It will be open to participation from across the globe. Openness will ensure mutually beneficial cooperation with key international partners, assist developing countries and help Europe access new and emerging markets.
The new strategy will be mainly implemented through Horizon 2020 as well as through joint initiatives with EU Member States. Targeted actions with key partners and regions will focus on societal challenges and enabling of industrial technologies.
Multi-annual programmes for co-operating with key partner countries and regions will be developed in order to enhance and focus international co-operation. The strategy also calls for improving the policy dialogue with partners and for improved information gathering. In addition, the European Union will aim to increase its leverage in relevant international organisations.