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EU/Israel Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement

Israel will be the first non-European country to be associated to all the non-nuclear EC research activities following the signature, on 25 March 1996, of an EU/Israel Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement which provides for the participation of this country in al...
Israel will be the first non-European country to be associated to all the non-nuclear EC research activities following the signature, on 25 March 1996, of an EU/Israel Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement which provides for the participation of this country in all the non-nuclear specific programmes of the Community's Fourth Framework Programme for research and technological development (16 research programmes in total). Reciprocally, European researchers will also have access to Israeli projects and results in these areas.

This agreement is the result of the expanding relationship between Israel and the European Union, which has led, amongst other things, to the signature of the Euromediterranean Association Agreement on 20 November 1995. Through promoting cooperation, the EC is playing an active role in the Middle-East peace process. Commenting on the agreement, Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training, noted that "Science and technology are two areas which may initiate good quality relationships not only between Mediterranean countries and EU Member States but also between Mediterranean countries themselves."

Under the terms of the agreement, the Israeli government will contribute approximately ECU 30 million per year to the Fourth Framework Programme. In exchange Israeli scientists (from universities or enterprises) will be eligible to receive financial support from the European Union.

Source: European Commission, Service du Porte-parole
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