EU-China STI Policy Dialogue

  • The Science and Technology Agreement, signed in December 1998, govern our S&T cooperation; renewed for another 5-year period at the EU-China Summit of 30 November 2009. It is under joint responsibility of RTD and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). They meet annually (Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology- JSCST).
  • The "China-EC Science & Technology Partnership Scheme" (CESTYS) with MoST, to achieve equal partnership in common priority areas (20 May 2009).
  • The Administrative Arrangement with the "National Natural Science Foundation of China" (NSFC) to launch research projects in specific research areas of common interest (26 March 2010).
  • The Joint Statement to implement research on new and renewable energy and innovation cooperation, encouraging in particular SME participation (08 December 2010).
  • The EU-China Joint Declaration on Innovation Cooperation Dialogue (20 September 2012) to create an official platform for exchanges and cooperation on innovation between both Sides.

The 9th JSCST (22 March 2011) endorsed the principle of creating specific EU-China task-forces to work together on topics of common concern. Each side can propose the creation of task forces on specific topics, taking into consideration common interest, mutual benefit, reciprocity, and expected impact. The 9th JSCST decided:

  • to create a task-force on "Food Agriculture and Biotechnologies" under the responsibility of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and the "Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food" RTD Directorate;
  • to support the on-going collaboration on non-nuclear energy research, particularly under the Joint Statement signed in December 2010.

The 10th JSCST (16 November 2012) concluded that Innovation is an inevitable choice for the development of China, and innovation cooperation is the joint demand between China and EU to promote the effective development of technology innovative solutions to major societal challenges of common interest. Under this mechanism, the two sides will discuss innovation strategies, jointly encourage and support cooperation on research and innovation activities, and fully mobilize industry, universities and research institutes, so as to complement mutual strengths and deliver win-win results on human resources, technology, research infrastructures, exploitation of research findings, and framework conditions for innovation. The 1st China-EU Innovation Cooperation Dialogue would be held in Beijing, back to back with the 16th China-EU Summit.

European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM): "Agreement between Euratom and P.R.China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy" (R&D-PUNE Agreement), signed on 24 April 2008 and entered into force on 11 August 2008. It is implemented by an ad hoc Steering committee co-chaired by the Commission representing EURATOM and by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). The 2d Meeting of the Agreement held in November 2012 registered progress in cooperation on fission, fusion, security and safeguards and safety and agreed on further actions to support joint collaboration in science and technology.

Strategic Forum International Cooperation (SFIC) adopted a set of thematic priorities for EU-China Research and Innovation cooperation:

  • Renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technology;
  • Urbanisation, dislocation and smart cities;
  • Health, public health and welfare policies - life sciences;
  • Information and telecommunication technologies;
  • Better framework conditions for innovation.

DG RTD is also actively involved in dialogues leaded by other DGs related to Research and Innovation, such as:

  • the EU China Sustainable Urbanisation Partnership (DG ENTR) created during the last EU-China Summit in Brussels on 20 September 2012
  • EU-China high-level people-to-people dialogue (HPPD) created at the fourteenth EU-China Summit held in Beijing on 14 February 2012


Thanks to our bilateral cooperation, several initiatives are dedicated to the enhancement of R&D cooperation between the EU and China. In particular, these projects are demonstrating huge potentialities for organising broad information and dissemination activities and campaigns such info days, publications and electronic newsletters and increasing the awareness and dissemination in the EU of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and innovation programmes:

  • European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China (ERICENA)
    ERICENA is the European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China. It will connect and support European researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses in the Chinese market, helping to strengthen Europe's position as a world leader in Science, Technology and Innovation.
  • Bilateral support for the international linkage with China (Dragon Star Plus)
    aims at raising the EU's science and technology profile in China by a series of promotional activities to disseminate the EU s research policies and actions among Chinese scientists and research institutions. A strategic partnership between EU countries and China is promoted through collaboration schemes and identification of new activities. Dragon Star identifies and demonstrates mutual interest and benefit in the cooperation between the EU and China sharing best practices via workshops and presenting the state of the art and the prospects for cooperation in particular fields.
  • Supporting the EU access to Chinese research & innovation programmes (CHINAACCESS4EU)
    aims at increasing the awareness and dissemination in the Member States and Associated Countries of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and/or innovation programmes. The overriding purpose of the proposed project is to help develop the reciprocity aspect of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement by identifying the Chinese programmes open to EU researchers and promote their participation, and to provide outputs useful in the context of the Joint Committee meetings of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement
  • Immunocan (INCO LAB)
    is a European Commission Subsidized International Scientific Cooperation Program, with Chinese and European Academic Laboratories. It aims at increasing the translational medical research cooperation between European countries and China, and more particularly at conducting research to identify immunological characteristics in Chinese cancer patients as medical biomarkers for the personalized prognosis of patients. It aims also at enhancing the research capacity and the technological transfer to the joint institute by providing adequate human resources and equipment to conduct beyond the state-of-the-art oncology research and promoting a reference Euro-Asian centre on Chinese cancer prognosis by spreading the knowledge and by raising awareness in China and European Union

Chinese funding agencies or government representatives expressed interest in the following projects of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap: SLHC (upgrade of the large Hadron Collider), SPIRAL2 (facility for the production and study of rare isotope radioactive beams), ELI (Extreme Light intensity short pulse laser) and HiPER (High Power long pulse laser for "fast-ignition" fusion). Additionally, China is a stakeholder in the FAIR facility (nuclear physics) and in the X-FEL free electron laser at DESY (Hamburg, DE).

EU-ASEAN Policy Background

Scientific cooperation with South-East Asia has become a high priority on the political agenda since the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany in 2007.

Mutual interest in further strengthening the co-operation and the reciprocal will to share experience on S&T issues of common concern were the main driving forces. This was also supported by the strong participation of ASEAN participants in the EU Research Framework Programmes. As a follow-up of the meeting, a plan of action (PoA) was drawn up which serves as the master plan for enhancing ASEAN-EU relations and actions for cooperation in S&T. A first and second informal ASEAN-EU Dialogue were held at Ministerial level respectively in 2008 and 2009. The outcome was to launch a Dialogue on S&T and to regularly meet at Senior Official level between the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology (COST) and the EU.

The ASEAN-EU Dialogue on S&T Cooperation

  • 1st ASEAN COST-EU Consultation Meeting, Manila, July 2008
    was organised with the support of the ASEAN secretariat and of the Philippine Government. A number of research areas of mutual interests and benefits were identified, such as biotechnology; food security; health, ICT; renewable energies, and marine science
  • 2nd ASEAN COST-EU Consultation Meeting, Bali, May 2009
    identified further areas for cooperation. During the meeting it was agreed to formalise the ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology and the terms of reference were prepared to serve as a permanent platform for strengthening the bi-regional dialogue. It was decided to reinforce the policy dialogue
  • 1st ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology, Vientiane (Laos), May 2010
    the parties agreed to enlarge the already well-established cooperation with additional areas, including material sciences and socio-economic sciences, which were priority areas for both ASEAN and FP7
  • 2nd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting, Siem (Cambodia), 12 May 2011
    the ASEAN delegation provided information on the new "Krabi Initiative" for the 'Future of Science, Technology and Innovation for a Competitive, Sustainable and Inclusive ASEAN by 2015 and beyond'. The "Krabi Initiative" is a strategic plan aimed at reinforcing ASEAN competitiveness through research and innovation. The Committee also endorsed the initiative for a '2012 ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation'
  • 3rd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting, Myanmar, 18 May 2012
    the meeting endorsed the launch of the Pilot ASEAN Networks of Excellence with support from the EU Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI)
  • 4th ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting, Philippines, May 2013
    discussed the future direction and recommended measures to further strengthen the ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations
  • 5th ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting, Bogor, Indonesia, August 2014
    both parties agreed to focus the cooperation on three issues: talent mobility, developing joint funding mechanisms and frameworks for IPR protection. In addition, it was decided that the Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument facility and Horizon 2020 would assist in the development of the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (2015-2020). The ASEAN Ministers noted the updates in their Ministerial Declaration
  • 6th ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting, planned to take place in Vientiane, Laos, November 2015
    both parties will review earlier commitments, and look at regional and subregional issues of mutual interest. Policy exchanges and update on each other programmes will help build coherence for joint actions



SEA-EU-NET II (2012 - 2016)

SEA-EU-NET 2 has been set up to expand scientific collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia (SEA) in a strategic and coherent manner. The four year project involves 21 institutions from the two regions and is deepening collaboration by:

  1. Intensifying the bi-regional dialogue between EU and SEA S&T policy makers
  2. Jointly tackling societal challenges in the fields of health, food security and safety, metrology, and water management
  3. Increasing the level of SEA participation in Horizon 2020
  4. Analysing in detail the current state of EU-SEA S&T relations
  5. Extending the dialogue on EU-SEA S&T co-operation to include a wide range of stakeholders