Crop Biotech Update

Russia and EU Strengthen Scientific Ties

May 30, 2008

A joint statement of the European Union (EU)-Russia Permanent Council and Research sealed the new scientific ties between Russia and the EU. The recently-concluded first meeting was attended by the President of the EU Council on Competitiveness, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Russian Minister of Education and Science Andrei Fursenko, European Commissioner Janez Potocnik, responsible for research and technological development, and Pierre Legueltel of the incoming French EU Council Presidency.

Previous agreements signed in 2000 and 2003 created partnerships in key strategic areas, such as space, aeronautics, renewable energy sources and nuclear fission energy research to quality food, safety and climate change. This resulted to a number of co-funded projects in the areas of agro-bio-food and energy. With the recent meeting, a further set of joint calls for collaborative projects in the areas of health, nanotechnologies and new materials, as well as in aeronautics, nuclear fission and space research are expected to come out.

Details of the agreement can be viewed in a press release accessible at http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=EN_NEWS_FP7&ACTION=D&DOC=1&CAT=NEWS&QUERY=011a2e23a33e:17a6:41953b3f&RCN=29479 and at: http://www.eu2008.si/en/News_and_Documents/Press_Releases/May/0526MZZ_GAERC_Rusija.html