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EU and Russia to reinforce cooperation in science and technology

During a visit to Moscow, on 21 October 1996, Mrs. Edith Cresson, European Commissioner responsible for research, met Mr. Vladimir Fortov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, and Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technologies. The two held an exchange of views, and c...
During a visit to Moscow, on 21 October 1996, Mrs. Edith Cresson, European Commissioner responsible for research, met Mr. Vladimir Fortov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, and Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technologies. The two held an exchange of views, and confirmed that greater cooperation in the fields of science, research and technological development would be in the mutual interests of both parties, and equally, of benefit for both.

Following the exchange of views, a joint declaration was signed, which will give priority to developing cooperation, within the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement concluded between the EU and Russia, in the following areas:

- The EU and Russia will start negotiations with a view to the conclusion of a Cooperation Agreement in the fields of science and technology;
- In the interim, a joint scientific and technological committee will be established, with the aim of increasing discussion and ensuring the smooth functioning of cooperation between the two. In particular, this committee will examine possibilities to improve Russian participation in the specific RTD programmes of the Fourth Framework Programme.

The parties will also study other questions such as intellectual property rights, taxes and contractual obligations relating to the participation of Russian entities in the Fourth Framework Programme.

Russian scientists already participate in Community research projects, particularly in the INCO-COPERNICUS specific programme for international cooperation in the field of RTD. In addition, Russian scientists participate in projects funded by the International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS), and the International Science and Technology Centre, both of which are part-funded by the Commission.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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