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Scientific and technological cooperation with the United States

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Scientific and technological cooperation with the United States

The Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) aims at encouraging, developing and facilitating activities of scientific and technological cooperation between the 2 parties to the Agreement. In particular, it enables US and European scientists to participate in each other’s research and development activities on a basis of reciprocity.

ACTS

98/591/EC: Council Decision of 13 October 1998 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Government of the United States of America.

2009/306/EC: Council Decision of 30 March 2009 concerning the extension and amendment of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Government of the United States of America.

2014/240/EU: Council Decision of 14 April 2014 concerning the extension of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Government of the United States of America.

SUMMARY

Decision 2014/240/EU aims to extend by a further 5 years the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community (EC) and the United States (US) originally signed on 5 December 1997 in Washington.

Its objective is to reinforce cooperation between the 2 parties in common priority areas in which they carry out scientific and technological research and development activities. Areas of cooperative activities are as follows:

  • environment (including climate research),
  • biomedicine and health (including AIDS, infectious diseases and drug abuse),
  • agriculture,
  • fisheries science,
  • engineering research,
  • non-nuclear energy,
  • natural resources,
  • materials sciences (including nanotechnology) and metrology,
  • information and communication technologies (ICTs),
  • telematics,
  • biotechnology,
  • marine sciences and technologies,
  • social sciences research,
  • transportation,
  • security research,
  • space research,
  • science and technology policy, management, training and mobility of scientists.

Actions under the Agreement concern implementation of research programmes, technological development and demonstration by promoting cooperation with and between enterprises, research centres and universities from the US and EU countries. They also aim to encourage the training and mobility of scientists, as well as the dissemination and optimisation of research results, whilst complying with the protection of intellectual property.

The 2 parties facilitate the entry into their territories of scientists and equipment used for activities covered by this Agreement. Coordination is carried out by a Joint Consultative Group (JCG) which normally meets once a year. This group is composed of a limited and equal number of representatives from each party. It evaluates and monitors the implementation of the Agreement. Its remit also includes determining the sectors where cooperation could be reinforced and defining research priorities.

Context

The Agreement between the EU and the US establishes an official cooperation framework with regard to scientific and technological research. It was originally signed on 5 December 1997 for an initial period of 5 years. It can be extended with possible amendments for additional periods of 5 years. For further information, see the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation website

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 98/591/EC

13.10.1998

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OJ L 284 of, 22.10.1998, p. 35-36.

Decision 2009/306/EC

30.3.2009

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OJ L 90 of 2.4.2009 , p. 20-21.

Decision 2014/240/EU

14.4.2014

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OJ L 128 of 30.4.2014, p. 43-44.

23.09.2014

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