Korea and the European Union made a stride in science and technology cooperation. According to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), Korea and the European Commission agreed to expand mutual cooperation in science and technology during a meeting in Brussels, Belgium on June 26.
The two sides agreed on finding new joint research tasks in the fields of nano security, environment, health, future Internet, smart grid, offshore wind power, and new medicine in relation to “Horizon 2020,” a financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union program, a flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. They also agreed to continue working-level discussions on forming new tasks and deciding methods of research and size of financial assistance.
After signing a science and technology cooperation agreement in November 2006, the two sides have taken turns holding joint committee meetings since 2007. Korean Vice Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning Lee Sang-mok and Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) of the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits headed each side’s delegations in the meeting.
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