Second report on EU strategy for internation cooperation in R&I


The strategy for European Union international cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) published in 2012  supports the objectives of strengthening the EU’s R&I excellence, attractiveness and economic and industrial competitiveness, tackling global societal challenges, and supporting the EU’s external policies. It is a building block of the 'Open to the World' priority of the EU's R&I policy.

This document is the second biennial report on the implementation of the strategy and its structure follows that of the strategy itself. The conclusions from the first report  were as follows: international cooperation must be better integrated in the Horizon 2020 strategic programming and work programme (WP) development; work on removing obstacles to cooperation must continue; global approaches are needed to tackle global challenges more effectively; sustained focus is needed on improving synergies with Member States and with EU external policies; the communication strategy should be refined; and quantitative indicators should underpin the monitoring of the effectiveness of the strategy. This report highlights the action taken in response to these conclusions in terms of concrete deliverables, such as the new co-funding mechanism launched by the EU and China to support research and innovation projects in strategic areas of common interest.