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Scientific and technological cooperation between the EU and Mexico

 

SUMMARY OF:

Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States

Decision 2005/766/EC — conclusion of the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE AGREEMENT AND THE DECISION?

The agreement establishes the formal rules for cooperation, aiming at encouraging, developing and facilitating activities in science and technology fields of common interest.

By its decision, the Council approved the conclusion of the agreement on behalf of the European Community (now the EU).

KEY POINTS

Activities conducted under the agreement are based on a set of principles:

  • mutual benefit;
  • reciprocal opportunities;
  • timely exchange of information;
  • effective protection of intellectual property and the equitable sharing of intellectual property rights.

Fields of cooperation

Cooperative activities must be directed towards promoting scientific progress, industrial competitiveness and economic and social development, in particular in the following fields:

  • research on the environment and climate, including earth observation;
  • biomedical and health research;
  • agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
  • industrial and manufacturing technologies;
  • research on electronics, materials and metrology;
  • non-nuclear energy;
  • transport;
  • information society technologies;
  • research on economic and social development;
  • biotechnologies;
  • aeronautics and space research and applied research; and
  • science and technology policy.

Activities

Cooperative activities may include the following:

  • establishment of networks and long-term institutional alliances between research centres and research and technology institutes and joint implementation of projects of common interest;
  • implementation of RTD projects between research and business centres in Mexico and Europe, including technology-based companies;
  • participation of Mexican research institutes in RTD projects under the existing Framework Programme for research and innovation and reciprocal participation of research institutes established in the EU in Mexican projects;
  • visits and exchanges of scientists, RTD policy-makers and technical experts, including scientific training through research;
  • joint organisation of scientific seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia, as well as the participation of experts in such activities;
  • exchanges and sharing of equipment and materials, including shared use and/or loans of laboratory infrastructure and equipment;
  • exchanges of information on procedures, laws, regulations and programmes relevant to cooperation under this agreement, exchanges of experience and studies on best practice in science and technology policy.

FROM WHEN DOES THE AGREEMENT APPLY?

The agreement entered into force on 13 June 2005 for an initial period of 5 years. It has been tacitly renewed twice, most recently in 2015 for an additional period of 5 years.

BACKGROUND

The agreement forms part of wider bilateral relations between the EU and Mexico which are governed by the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (known as the Global Agreement).

For more information, see:

For more information about Research & Innovation (R&I) cooperation with Mexico, see:

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States (OJ L 290, 4.11.2005, pp. 17-24)

Council Decision 2005/766/EC of 13 June 2005 on the conclusion of the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States (OJ L 290, 4.11.2005, p. 16)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United Mexican States, of the other part (OJ L 276, 28.10.2000, pp. 45-80)

Successive amendments to this Agreement have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 17.08.2018

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