The meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Committee (JSTCC) took place in Brussels on 18 October 2022. It was organised within the framework of the ‘Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and Canada’ in place since 1996. The meeting was co-chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (R&I), Directorate General for Research & Innovation, European Commission and by Natalie Dubé, Director General, Investment, Innovation and Education, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada.
Ruth Bajada, Deputy to the Director Americas, and Head of Division United States and Canada, European External Action Service, opened the meeting together with the co-chairs.
In their introductory remarks, both sides highlighted the progress made in EU-Canada cooperation in R&I since the previous JSTCC meeting and underlined that EU-Canada cooperation in R&I was recognised as a great success story during the EU-Canada summit in June 2021 and Joint Ministerial meeting in May 2022.
Both sides highlighted the potential and importance for increasing cooperation. The EU side presented the opportunities in line with the Global Approach for R&I, through multilateral initiatives and the Horizon Europe programme, including the possibility of Canada’s association to Pillar II. Signe Ratso, Acting Director-General, DG R&I and Marie-Hélène Légaré, Director-General, Science Policy Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada underlined that both sides are looking forward to the start of negotiations on the association of Canada to Horizon Europe and an even closer cooperation in R&I.
Concerning the framework conditions for R&I, both sides highlighted the importance of the multilateral dialogue on values and principles in international R&I, necessary to create a level playing field for researchers from the EU and Canada and other partner countries.
Both parties agreed on positioning Health, Oceans, Aviation as well as Smart Cities, Bioeconomy, Agriculture, Raw Materials and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions at the centre of an enhanced R&I strategic cooperation between the EU and Canada.
- Publication date
- 19 October 2022
- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation