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1 23/04/2010 # 1 EU-Russia: A multi-faceted partnership Richard Burger Science Counsellor Delegation of the European Commission to Russia 23 April 2010 EU-Russia science cooperation: Where are we? What could be done?

2 23/04/2010 # 2 International S&T Cooperation Guiding principles for the EU: Support competitiveness through strategic partnerships with third countries in selected fields of R&D Address global challenges Address specific problems facing third countries on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit Use S&T cooperation to reinforce EC external relations and other relevant policies Coordination b/n European Community and EU member states

3 23/04/2010 # 3 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation: Overview “EU”-Russia S&T cooperation: - 27 EU Member States – Russia - European Community – Russia (=> see Compendium on EU-Russia Science Cooperation) Legal bases: - EU Member States - Russia bilateral Agreements (MoU) - EU-Russia Partnership & Cooperation Agreement - EC-Russia S&T Cooperation Agreement - Euratom-Russia Cooperation Agreement in Nuclear Fusion - Euratom-Russia Cooperation Agreement in Nuclear Safety Road-map for the Common EU-Russia Space in Research, Education & Culture

4 23/04/2010 # 4 EU-Russia S&T cooperation: Steering bodies Policy & scientific dialogue “top down” Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) in Science (ministerial level) Joint EC-Russia S&T Cooperation Committee (S&T Agreement) Joint EU-Russia Thematic Working Groups in priority areas (DG Directorate level)

5 23/04/2010 # 5 Joint EU-RU Thematic Research Working Groups Nanotechnologies & New Materials Health Food, Agriculture, Biotechnologies Non-nuclear Energy Aeronautics Space Nuclear Energy Fission Research Information & Communications Technologies Environment […]

6 23/04/2010 # 6 EU-RU S&T cooperation: Policy & scientific dialogue “Bottom-up”: EU & Russian scientists themselves (!!): - scientific advisory councils and committees - expert advice to governments - joint evaluation committees - peer reviews - joint projects & publications - scientific conferences - research visits

7 23/04/2010 # 7 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (1): Main instruments – EU member states The bilateral S&T, R&D cooperation programmes of the 27 individual EU member states (see Compendium on Science & Research Cooperation between the EU and Russia).

8 23/04/2010 # 8 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (2): Main instruments – European Community European Community Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development ( , ~€50 billion) Euratom Framework Programme for Research & Training Activities ( , ~€4.0 billion). [TACIS], Common Spaces Facility, TAIEX - e.g. projects on the commercialisation of scientific results European Community Competitiveness & Innovation Programme (to promote innovation, entrepreneurship & growth among SMEs, , €3.6 billion)

9 23/04/2010 # 9 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (3): Main instruments – pan-European organisations Eureka - a pan-European network for market- oriented, industrial R&D (www.eureka.be) ESF - European Science Foundation (www.esf.org) [INTAS - International Association for the promotion of scientific cooperation with the countries of the former Soviet Union]

10 23/04/2010 # 10 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation (4): International initiatives ISTC – International Science & Technology Centre (www.istc.ru) ITER - International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (www.iter.org) CERN - the world's largest particle physics centre (www.cern.ch) International Space Station (ISS) (…)

11 23/04/2010 # 11 Russia in the EU Framework Programmes for Research & Technological Development (I) Overall, Russia continues to be the most active “third country” in the EU FPs e.g. Russia was most successful “third-country” in FP6: ~330 signed FP6 contracts, incl. 60 Marie Curie fellowships), worth ~€ 2.8 billion Total EC contribution to RU participants in FP6 was ~€ 120 million (including INTAS)

12 23/04/2010 # 12 Estimated number of participations of INCO group of countries in INCO and in FP6 thematic priorities for contracts signed by 02/2006 0, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, ACPASIALATIN AMERICAMPCRUSSIA + NISWBC INCOThematic PRIORITIES

13 23/04/2010 # 13 Estimated EC financial contribution to INCO countries in INCO and in FP6 thematic priorities for contracts signed by 02/ ACPASIALATIN AMERICA MPCRUSSIA + NISWBC INCOThematic PRIORITIES

14 23/04/2010 # 14 Top 14 coordinators with participants from EECA (FP6) Source: Inco-Net-EECA Del. 5.6 (Roll et al.)

15 23/04/2010 # 15 Russia in the EU Framework Programmes for Research & Technological Development (II) Similar trends are observed for Russia’s participation in FP6 and FP7 => Russia continues to be the most active “third country” in FP7

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18 23/04/2010 # 18 EU-RU S&T cooperation… …also extends to related areas such as… Higher Education: - Russia’s participation in the “Bologna process” - Tempus programme - Erasmus Mundus programme Space (research): European Commission - European Space Agency - Roscosmos

19 23/04/2010 # 19 Recent milestones (1): An equitable partnership : EU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Energy and Food-Agriculture- Biotechnology : EU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Health and Nano-technologies & New Materials and in Nuclear Fission Energy research : EU-RU coordinated calls for co-funded research proposals in Aeronautics : EU-RU coordinated call for co-funded research proposals in ICT (planned)

20 23/04/2010 # 20 Recent milestones (2): April 2008: Russian expression of interest in association with EC and Euratom Framework Programmes for Research May 2008: ministerial-level EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (“noted that an eventual association of the Russian Federation to the 7th Framework Programme on Research & Technological Development would take Russia- EU S&T cooperation to a new qualitative level” and “stated that the European Research Area would be enriched and strengthened by Russia also becoming a full part of it”).

21 23/04/2010 # 21 EU-RU S&T cooperation: Main conclusions (1) 1.S&T cooperation covers virtually all scientific areas & includes a very broad spectrum of different activities. 2.S&T cooperation is a very dynamic, multi- dimensional & fast developing area of cooperation of & by itself. 3.S&T cooperation is an integral component and an important part in the overall EU-Russia relationship.

22 23/04/2010 # 22 EU-RU S&T cooperation: Main conclusions (2) Arguably, the S&T relationship of the European Union with Russia is as broad & deep as (if not broader & deeper than) the EU’s S&T relationship with any other non-EU member state, and one of the most dynamically developing areas of the EU-Russian relationship overall.

23 23/04/2010 # 23 Suggested areas of future attention (1):  Language barriers, differences in “working cultures”, weak networking beyond already established contacts  Mobility of researchers (visa issue) and of materials & equipment (customs issue)  Banking issues – international transfer of funds into & out of Russia  IPR issues – e.g. full & direct enforcement of IPRs in Russia in joint (transnational) S&T projects  Compatibility of standards & methodologies for performance assessment, independent project evaluation, bench-marking of organisations & activities

24 23/04/2010 # 24 Suggested areas of future attention (2): Access to & use of S&T infrastructures & facilities (including in Russia)  Joint identification of priority areas for joint activities  Development of mechanisms & instruments for joint / coordinated actions  Participation of European researchers in Russian S&T programmes  Recognising & using the scientific capacities & the cooperation potential of the Russian regions  Information & contact points in key Russian regions

25 23/04/2010 # 25 Suggested areas of future attention (3): Reaching out to Russia’s as yet “undiscovered potential” Understanding & using the synergies & complementarities of different European Community schemes (e.g. Framework Programmes, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, EUREKA, CIP, etc.) Synergies & coordination between instruments of EU Member States, the European Community, and Russia (“variable geometries”) - linking bilateral & multilateral schemes

26 23/04/2010 # 26 Thank you for your attention. Richard Burger Science Counsellor Delegation of the European Commission to Russia


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