On 2 June 2017, the EU and China decided on a new package of flagship initiatives to boost their cooperation in research and innovation.
The areas that are targeted with this new package of flagship initiatives are the areas of food, agriculture and biotechnology, environment and sustainable urbanisation, surface transport, safer and greener aviation, and biotechnologies for environment and human health. These flagship initiatives will translate into several topics dedicated to cooperation with China under Horizon 2020, the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation.
China is a long-standing key partner country on research and innovation cooperation for the European Union. The relationship is governed by the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in December 1988 and last renewed in December 2014.
The EU Science Technology and Innovation Cooperation with China has intensified in recent years. China was the third most important international partner country under the EU’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) that run from 2007 to 2013, with 335 participations of Chinese organisations in 227 collaborative research projects and a total EU contribution of €33 million.
China remains a key partner country in Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation running from 2014 – 2020.
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