EU and Japan strengthen ties on research cooperation
The 23rd EU-Japan Summit took place in Tokyo on 29 May 2015, in the presence of the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. On this occasion, the European Commission and Japan endorsed a joint vision for their strategic partnership on research and innovation, in order to deepen their cooperation in Research and innovation.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Europe and Japan must tackle many of the same challenges such as energy security, ageing populations or access to critical materials. So it's only natural that we also work together closely to find solutions to these challenges. The joint vision endorsed today will take our cooperation to the next level."
The agreement will build on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics. The EU and Japan will also set up a joint funding mechanism that will make it easier to finance common R&I projects and collaborate more closely on policy aspects such as Open Science.
In addition, an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges was also signed between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the European Research Council (ERC) on 29 May 2015. The agreement was concluded to encourage young top scientists in Japan to join European Research Council (ERC) research teams in Europe, for scientific visits or temporarily become part of teams led by ERC grant holders. The agreement is in the form of an "Implementing Arrangement" of the existing EU-Japan Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement signed in 2009.
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