Signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and The European Community on Cooperation in Science and Technology
November 30, 2009
- The signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the
European Community on Cooperation in Science and Technology took place in
Brussels on November 30 (Mon) between Mr. Nobutake Odano, Ambassador of
Japan to the European Union, on the Japanese side, and Mr. Christian Danielsson,
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Sweden to the European
Union, Chairman of the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and Mr. Janez
Potočnik, Member of the European Commission with responsibility for Science
and Research, on the EC side.
- Main Points of the Agreement
(1) The Agreement stipulates the framework to promote cooperation in science and technology between both parties (the Government of Japan and the European Community).
(2) It also stipulates that both parties shall establish a joint Committee
to review and discuss the accomplishments of the cooperative activities
under the Agreement, and that the details and procedures of each cooperative
activity under the Agreement may be decided between the Parties, their agencies
or official institutions engaged in that cooperative activity.
- Meaning of the Agreement
This symbolic Agreement is expected to contribute to further development
of the close and friendly relations between Japan and the European Union.
It is also expected that the open-type funding schemes of both sides
will be recognized among research institutions more widely, and the number
of research cooperation using the funding systems will increase.
- Entry into Force of the Agreement
The Agreement shall enter into force on the date on which the Parties exchange diplomatic notes informing each other that their respective internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the Agreement have been completed.