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The Science and Technology Agreement between the EU and Japan

EU News 200/2010


On 30 November 2009, after long years of negotiation between the European Commission and the Japanese Government, Commissioner Potočnik and Ambassador Odano signed in Brussels the EU -Japan Science and Technology Agreement.


Photo Credit: R. Schulte, European Communities, 2009

The day after, on 1st December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, bringing an new legal setting for the European Commission and the European Union. Under the Lisbon Treaty the European Parliament has to ratify international agreements. The EU-Japan Science and Technology agreement is currently in this analysis and ratification procedure by the European Parliament.

In the following websites please find links to the relevant documents and the text signed:




The S&T Agreement is expected to encourage further S&T collaboration between the EU and Japan, and therefore its signature was celebrated with Japanese stakeholder in December 2009.

S&T Agreement

At present there are 27 European research projects funded by the 7th Framework Programme with the participation of Japanese Partners.
Please click here (DOC) to have a closer look at these running research projects

The next calls for proposals will be published by the end of July 2010 on the following web site (Cordis) http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm



On 21 June 2010 Dr Barbara Rhode, Head of the Science and Technology Section of the EU Delegation to Japan was feature on the cover of the Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun (Japan Industrial Newspaper) on the topic of the EU-Japan Science and Technology Agreement.

Barbara Rhode

Photo Credit: VJLUNA, 2010