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Presidency event - Conference on international cooperation in research and innovation


Expected Outcome: the project is expected organise an international conference which will contribute to all of the following outcomes, based on the elements listed below, as a key stpe in the implementation of the Global Approach to Research and Innovation, as set out in the Commission Communication of 18 May 2021 and the Council Conclusions of 28 September 2021:

  • Create a shared European dynamic to strengthen international R&I partnerships, while promoting reciprocity and shared values and principles;
  • Strengthen concertation between Member States and with the Commission on their approaches and actions to support international cooperation, guiding the international elements of both Horizon Europe and of Member States’ own programmes, in particular by focusing joint efforts on global challenges and strengthening the role of multilateral alliances in these areas;
  • Launch a multilateral dialogue with international partners on the implementation of the EU’s Global Approach to research and innovation to identify a pathway to achieve a level playing field in terms of values, principles, reciprocity and framework conditions, notably through establishing a more permanent dialogue around these issues;
  • Increase the visibility of research innovation and higher education actions in the framework of external action.

Expected Impact: the proposal should set out a credible pathway to contributing to the following impact of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan:

  • Achieve a critical mass of global research efforts focused on common challenges facilitated by common approaches to research and innovation.

Scope: To meet these objectives, the conference programme is proposed as follows:

First block: Exchanges between Member States and with the Commission in the form of a meeting of European Ministers for Research and Innovation on “What are the stakes for international cooperation in R&I in a changing world” (What coordination mechanisms? What strategies are needed with the rest of the world?):

  • Target audience: EU Member State Ministers for Research and Innovation, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Second block: Launch of a multilateral dialogue with international partners on the theme of “a new research and innovation partnership based on shared values and principles. The discussion will also bring in the perspective of higher education:

  • Target audience: EU Member State Ministers, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Ministers/Ambassadors of countries having concluded Science and Technology Agreements with the EU, Associated Countries; international organisations such as the OECD and UNESCO.