There are several platforms focusing on STI cooperation among the European Union and other regions. Regular meetings support and facilitate science cooperation.
The European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) Platform includes an S&T component. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was launched in 2011 and represents a regional political coordination mechanism, which gathers all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries in the region. CELAC is the EU’s official counterpart for the region-to-region Summit process and strategic partnership. The EU-CELAC Platform intends to serve as an information and communication site for funding agencies, universities, research centres, enterprises and individuals interested in the bi-regional cooperation European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean on Research and Innovation. It also serves as a meeting point of the EU-CELAC Interest Group, composed by 28 funding agencies from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe wishing to collaborate in bi-regional science, technology and innovation (STI), and the implementation of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area through joint actions.
The EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) serves as a platform for regular exchanges on research and innovation policy. It aims to formulate and implement long-term priorities to strengthen Africa-Europe cooperation in the STI fields. Adopted at the 2nd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli in 2010, it is an important element of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. A Roadmap toward a jointly funded EU-Africa research & innovation partnership with a focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture was adopted at the 3rd EU Africa HLPD Senior Officials’ meeting, held in Addis Ababa in April 2016. Additionally, a Roadmap for a jointly funded AU-EU research & innovation partnership on climate change and sustainable energy was adopted at the 4th Africa HLPD senior officials’ meeting in Brussels in October 2017. The HLPD is jointly funded and managed by the European Commission, the African Union Commission, EU Member States and African countries. The dialogue is co-chaired by European Union (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation) and African Union Member States holding chair of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST). It brings together science and technology representatives from 27 EU Member States and 55 African countries.
Keywords: Research Funding, Bi-regional Dialogue, Roadmaps, Funded Projects, Joint Actions