A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) led by Mr Chen Linhao, Deputy Director-General of the International Cooperation Department of the ministry, met on 13 March with Laurent Bochereau, Acting Director, International Cooperation Directorate, DG RTD. The meeting, and a lunch hosted by DDG Rudolf Strohmeier, took place in a constructive atmosphere. This visit followed just four month after the Joint Steering Committee meeting held last November in Beijing. Its prime objective was to prepare the first EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue scheduled to take place at the time of the next Summit in Beijing (expected in October).
Both sides expressed their commitments to ensure maximum benefit and visibility from the First Innovation Cooperation Dialogue meeting. MoST representatives agreed to an RTD proposal to bring together two expert groups, to work together to prepare the first high-level meeting of the dialogue. In addition, participants agreed to identify a limited number of priority sectors of common interest; to launch jointly funded innovation-driven projects; and to define areas where both sides agree to upgrade framework conditions so as to facilitate cooperation in the field of innovation.
MoST representatives also agreed to consider the workshop on urbanisation jointly organised by the Commission and the China Centre for Urban Development, which will feed into the first meeting of the Innovation Cooperation Dialogue.
For more information check the INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH UPDATE, April 2013 Issue 33