The European Community has signed bilateral Science & Technology (S&T) agreements with several individual Member States. These agreements provide a framework and a forum for common interests, priorities, policy dialogues and to identify the required tools for S&T cooperation. In 2008, the ‘Strategic European Framework for International Science and Technology Cooperation’ was published by the European Commission. Herewith, a framework was established for a European approach to international cooperation in science and technology.
Furthermore, the EU Member States and the European Commission established a European partnership in the field of international scientific and technological cooperation on the basis of consultation and the sharing of information. The goal of the partnership is to determine common priorities which can create coordinated or joint initiatives and positions relative to non-European countries and international flora.
The Council requested the Member States and the Commission to establish a strategic forum for International Science and Technology Cooperation (SFIC) in order to further shape the European Partnership for S&T.
The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) placed a new emphasis on international cooperation in the field of research. The new approach to international cooperation focuses on the entire spectrum of FP7 activities. The approach comprises strategic activities in support of achieving a European Research Area (ERA).
Website: International Cooperation
Communication: 'Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach'
Website: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Website: RTD Association and Cooperation Agreements
India-European Research Innovation Partnership : EU Member States and India deepen science and business links.