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17 Nov 2015

EU and Australia to cooperate more closely on R&I

On the occasion of the Australian Prime Minister's visit to Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a joint statement on 15 November 2015, in which they strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and expressed their solidarity with France. In addition, they jointly declared that they had agreed to "deepen the EU-Australia relationship which is rooted in our common interests, values and heritage". The negotiations on the EU-Australia Framework Agreement have been finalised, and both the EU and Australia are "committed to pursue its full and swift implementation" in a number of different areas.

Amongst other issues, both parties emphasised the importance of research and innovation as drivers of growth and employment in both the EU and Australia, and reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate in this field, in particular through Horizon 2020 and Australia’s Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council. 

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