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Research Commissioner promotes EU-Israel collaboration

Philippe Busquin, the European Commissioner for Research, has recently returned from an official visit to Israel, where he met with high level ministers including Ran Cohen (Minster of industry and commerce), Matan Vilnai (Minister for science, culture and sport) and Shimon Pe...
Philippe Busquin, the European Commissioner for Research, has recently returned from an official visit to Israel, where he met with high level ministers including Ran Cohen (Minster of industry and commerce), Matan Vilnai (Minister for science, culture and sport) and Shimon Peres (Minister for regional cooperation) in a bid to promote EU-Israel collaboration.

The Commissioner's four-day whistle-stop tour of the country included visits to universities in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as the Weizman Institute, the Dead Sea Bromine Group and a meeting with representatives from the Israeli aircraft industry.

Israel has participated in the EU's RTD programmes on a cooperative basis since 1975. In 1996, Israel signed an RTD Association agreement with the EU, enabling Israeli researchers to become involved is some 360 projects under the EU's Fourth RTD Framework Programme. The Association agreement continues under FP5, with Israel contributing 160 million euro to the programme's budget over its four year duration.

Israel's strongest areas of research are in telecommunications, semi- conductors, software, electrical optics, biotechnology, pharmacology, medical instrumentation, neuroscience and the environment.

The country invests approximately 2.3 billion euro in its domestic research efforts and spends 8.3 billion euro on state education.
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