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News article26 April 2022Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

The EU and China have signed an administrative arrangement to support cooperation

On 22 April 2022, the EU and China have signed an administrative arrangement for the period 2021-2024 to support collaborative research projects under two jointly agreed research flagship initiatives: the Food, Agriculture, and Biotechnology as well as the new Climate Change and Biodiversity flagships.

The projects under the administrative arrangement reflect the interests of both sides and will contribute to the advancement of key EU priorities such as addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on climate change and biodiversity loss. The flagship initiative topics will be jointly drafted and will focus on research.

This is in line with the outcomes of the 23rd EU-China Summit, the EU-China A Strategic Outlook Communication of 2019, the 2021 Global Approach to Research and Innovation Communication and the ongoing discussions on the EU-China Joint Roadmap for the Future of Science, Technology, and Innovation Cooperation.

Expansion of the selected areas of cooperation beyond 2024 will be dependent on the progress achieved on the roadmap discussions and on the overall state-of-play of EU-China bilateral relations. The roadmap exercise aims at rebalancing cooperation and at bringing forth the advancement of a fair innovation ecosystem, defined by reciprocity and a level-playing field while respecting fundamental values and high ethical and science integrity standards.

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Publication date
26 April 2022
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation