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CELAC-EU Policy Framework for Cooperation in S&T

Cooperation in Science & Technology between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean State and the European Union (CELAC-EU) dates back to the first Summit of Heads of State and Government from both regions, held in 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On that occasion, cooperation in Education, Science and Technology was introduced as a key element in the policy dialogue agenda in both regions. During 2000 and 2001several high officers meetings were held in order to define thematic priorities of cooperation and to execute what is stipulated in the Rio Declaration.

The Second CELAC-EU Summit was held in Madrid in 2002. This Summit addressed in detail the political commitments about strengthening cooperation in S&T. The same year, the First Bi-Regional Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology was conducted in Brasilia. In that meeting, a common vision on priorities and a joint action plan were agreed upon.

A significant leap was made in the Third CELAC-EU Summit, in Guadalajara 2004, as the creation of an CELAC-EU Knowledge space was established in the resulting declaration. This was consolidated in the Fourth CELAC-EU Summit, in Vienna 2006, which also updated the action plan adopted in 2002.

In the CELAC-EU Summits in Lima 2008 and Madrid 2010, the agenda was focused on environmental, social cohesion and technological innovation matters, thus enabling a strong boost to scientific and technological cooperation between both regions. Likewise, the CELAC-EU Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation was adopted in the Madrid Summit. This initiative sets up an institutional framework for systematic dialogue and concrete milestones to be jointly achieved.

In the Madrid Summit Chile took on the co-presidency of the CELAC-EU Summit, organizing two consecutive CELAC-EU summits, in 2011 in Brussels, 2012 in Concepción and in 2013 in Brussels.

During the most recent summit it was reviewed the progress made since the previous meeting, to identify synergies with other ongoing initiatives in the CELAC-EU context and to discuss and agree on the next steps for future development of the Joint initiative for Research and Innovation.

The Joint Initiative is implemented by thematic bi-regional working groups on bioeconomy including food security, ICT for meeting societal challenges, biodiversity and climate change, and renewable energy. Two new suggested working groups on health and career development and mobility of doctorate students were presented and created during the meeting.

The next CELAC-EU summit will be held in San José de Costa Rica in April 2014.


About CEST+I

The CEST+I (Chile-European Union STI Initiative) project is financed by the European Union -through its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-  and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of the Chilean Government (CONICYT). The purpose of this project is to support the enhancement of science, technology and innovation cooperation between the European Union, member states, associated countries and Chile.

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