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Commission starts negotiations for S&T cooperation with the USA

The European Commission (DG XII) has started negotiating the first comprehensive science and technology cooperation agreement between the European Union and the United States of America.

The negotiations, started on 11 July 1996, are the direct result of the New Transatlantic...
The European Commission (DG XII) has started negotiating the first comprehensive science and technology cooperation agreement between the European Union and the United States of America.

The negotiations, started on 11 July 1996, are the direct result of the New Transatlantic Agenda agreed at the EU-US summit in Madrid in December 1995, and follow the recent signing by Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research policy, of a renewal of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research.

The purpose of the negotiations is to create a comprehensive legal framework for S&T cooperation between the EU and the USA. It is designed to cover a number of the research activities of the Community's multiannual Framework Programmes for RTD. Similar agreements are already in force with Australia and Canada, an agreement was recently negotiated with South Africa, and an S&T association agreement with Israel will soon become operational.

Cooperation between the two parties has considerably expanded since the nuclear sector cooperation agreement was signed in 1958. Since then, a series of bilateral sectoral agreements have been signed in research areas such as nuclear waste, nuclear safeguards, renewable energy sources, the effects of radiation, mineral processing technologies, nuclear fusion, biotechnology, etc., as well as continual formal and informal contacts between various Commission services and US government departments, and networks of individuals, groups and institutions of many kinds.

The strengthening of cooperation in science and technology was one of the objectives of the Transatlantic Declaration of 23 November 1990 which put the dialogue between the two partners on a formal footing, and led to the present negotiations.

1990 was also the year that produced the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology, which Mrs. Cresson renewed on 26 June 1996 for another five years. The purpose of the Task Force is to increase mutual understanding of EC and US activities and programmes relating to biotechnology research. To date, the Task Force has held five meetings in Washington and Brussels. Results include the organization of several scientific workshops, joint scientific publications and the reciprocal invitation of experts and officials to a number of scientific meetings.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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