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Council resolution on international cooperation in RTD

On 25 March 1996, the Council adopted a Council resolution on perspectives for international cooperation in the field of research and technological development (RTD).

The resolution endorses the five overall objectives for future Community policy in the field of RTD cooperati...
On 25 March 1996, the Council adopted a Council resolution on perspectives for international cooperation in the field of research and technological development (RTD).

The resolution endorses the five overall objectives for future Community policy in the field of RTD cooperation. These are:

- To strengthen European competitiveness and develop technologies for future markets;
- To develop partnership in science and technology, in particular with third countries of strategic interest to the Community;
- To share responsibility and conduct RTD on economic and social challenges;
- To promote RTD relevant to the needs and priorities of developing countries for fostering their sustainable growth;
- To share scientific and technological information and contribute to large-scale and frontier science and technology.

The resolution emphasizes that cooperation with third countries should continue to be based on the principles of subsidiarity, mutual benefit, consistency with other Community policies, in particular the EU's external policies, and efficiency and quality.

Worldwide research cooperation should be promoted through external participation in the Community's RTD Framework Programmes and bilateral agreements. Use could be made of other Community instruments (PHARE, TACIS and MEDA) to support RTD infrastructure and capacity building, and to promote the participation of partners from these countries in projects under the Framework Programmes. There should also be better coordination and interaction with EUREKA and COST activities.

The resolution notes that cooperation should be reinforced with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, the Mediterranean countries and the New Independent States. It calls, however, for a differentiation in approach between these different third countries for economic, political and geographical reasons. Cooperation should aim at reinforcing the countries' research capacities and promoting greater regional integration with a view to their sustainable development.

The Council further underlines the need for the increased involvement of industry in international RTD cooperation. This observation is based on the experience already gained from industrial participation in the EU's RTD programmes as a means of enhancing European competitiveness. It also stresses that cooperation with industrialized third countries, and countries with emerging economies, should be carried out on the basis of reciprocal access to RTD programmes.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities
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