Korea seeks to become formal member of European R&D program

South Korea wants to become an official member of Euro Star 2, Europe’s largest research and development program, the Seoul government said Tuesday.

Euro Star 2 is a joint R&D program run by Eureka, a network of 40 countries, mostly European, for the development of industrial technologies. South Korea joined Eureka as an associate member in 2009, becoming the first non-European country in the 40-member network, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. South Korea and Eureka have annually held a special forum since then, with this year’s event set to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from Tuesday.

The ministry said the country and Eureka were set to hold unofficial discussions on the sidelines of the three-day Korea-Eureka Day for South Korea’s formal membership in the Euro Star 2 program by 2020. South Korean institutes have taken part in 41 Euro Star projects, worth 22.7 billion won (US$20.3 million), since 2006, according to the ministry.

For full article, see Yonhap News.

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