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Committee approves EU-Israel agreement for scientific cooperation

The European Parliament's Committee on research, technological development and energy has adopted MEP Quisthoudt-Rowohl's report, thus effectively approving the proposal to conclude an agreement for scientific and technical cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Israe...
The European Parliament's Committee on research, technological development and energy has adopted MEP Quisthoudt-Rowohl's report, thus effectively approving the proposal to conclude an agreement for scientific and technical cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Israel.

The agreement allows Iraeli researchers to participate in the Fifth Framework Programme under the same conditions as those set for Member States, but the Euratom fusion and nuclear safety programmes are excluded from the agreement.

The Commission is also encouraging continued cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian research institutions and, earlier, the Israeli ambassador to the EU, Harry Kney-Tal, told the Committee that the Israeli Government would endorse joint projects between Israel and Palestine. Involving Palestinian researchers in the agreement was of vital importance to the peace process, he said.

The rapporteur also emphasised the importance of regular contact between the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) and the European Parliament, to facilitate cooperation and monitoring of research policy at a government level.

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