Proposed Council Decision on the signing of a scientific and technological co-operation agreement with Brazil

June 30, 2003

Brussels, Jun 2003

Proposal for a
on the signing of the Agreement for scientific and technological co-operation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil
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5. On 14 February 2000, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate an Agreement for scientific and technological co-operation between the European Community and Brazil. The negotiations resulted in the attached Agreement, initialled on 3 December 2002, in Brussels.

6. The Agreement was negotiated against the background of an upgraded and intensifying co-operation between Brazil and the European Union, considering the importance of science and technology for economic and social development and the mutual wish to extend and strengthen the conduct of co-operative activities in areas of common interest as diverse as:

­ biotechnology,

­ information and communication technologies,

­ bioinformatics,

­ space, - ­ micro- and nanotechnologies,

­ materials research,

­ clean technologies,

­ management and sustainable use of environmental resources,

­ biosafety,

­ health and medicine,

­ aeronautics,

­ metrology, standardisation and conformity assessment, and

­ human sciences.


8. The Agreement provides for:

­ participation of Brazilian research and technological development entities in RTD projects of the framework programme and reciprocal participation of research and technological development entities established in the Community in Brazilian projects in similar sectors of RTD. Such a participation is subject to the rules and procedures applicable in each Party;

­ joint RTD projects,

­ visits and exchanges of scientists, researchers and technical experts,

­ joint organisation of scientific seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops, as well as the participation of experts in those activities;

­ concerted actions such as the pooling of RTD projects already implemented in accordance with the procedures applicable to the RTD programmes of each Party and scientific networks;

­ exchange and sharing of equipment and materials;

­ exchanges of information on practices, laws, regulations and programmes relevant to cooperation under this Agreement, including information on policy in the field of science and technology;

­ any other arrangements recommended by the Steering Committee to be established pursuant to Article VI, which are deemed compliant with the policies and procedures applicable in both Parties. In principle, no transfer of funds will take place.


Brussels, .06.2003 COM(2003) 381 final

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