EU – CELAC Action Plan 2013- 2015

January 28, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-01-28

Amorce:

This action plan completes the priorities already set in the UE- CELAC Summit which was held in Santiago de Chile on 26-27 January 2013.The latter integrated different themes and defines instruments and actions in the following areas: 

– Science, research, innovation and technology
– Sustainable development; environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy
– Regional integration and interconnectivity to promote social inclusion and cohesion
– Migration
– Education and employment to promote social inclusion and cohesion
– The world drug problem
– Gender
– Investments and entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

 

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The Action Plan identifies instruments and activities which, if properly implemented should lead to concrete results guaranteeing ownership and capacity building in the following key areas, which are directly or indirectly linked with the central theme of the Summit:

1. Science, research, innovation and technology
2. Sustainable development; environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy
3. Regional integration and interconnectivity to promote social inclusion and cohesion
4. Migration
5. Education and employment to promote social inclusion and cohesion
6. The world drug problem
7. Gender
8. Investments and entrepreneurship for sustainable development.
1. Science, research, innovation and technology

The main objective in this area is to develop the “EU-LAC Knowledge Area” through:
improving cooperation in research and innovation; ii) strengthening scientific and technological capacities, and infrastructures; iii) to enable sustainable research, innovation
and knowledge sharing taking into account the contribution of ancestral and traditional knowledge; iv) to boost the use of new technologies and technology transfer underpinning
sustainable socio-economic development and v) to foster cooperation between both regions
as regards the digital economy and the reduction of the digital divide for improving competitiveness while making social inclusion a cross-cutting issue

Work Programme:

* Dialogue

a. Establish a regular bi-regional dialogue on science, research, technology and innovation to consolidate EU-LAC cooperation and to update common priorities encourage mutual policy learning and ensure the proper implementation and effectiveness of cooperation instruments.

b. Explore the possibility of working jointly with other institutions in matters related to innovation and knowledge, applied research and technological innovation.

* Cooperation activities and initiatives

c. Commence the development and implementation of the new mechanism, the “EULAC
Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation” combining instruments at national, regional and bi-regional level as appropriate in a complementary and synergistic manner.

d. Establish or strengthen thematic networks on agreed issues of mutual interest, which should facilitate exchanges between EU-LAC universities and research centres and networks and private and public sector institutions.

e. Strengthened the integration of both regions in the Information Society and Support the development of the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector and the reduction of the digital divide and digital illiteracy through an increase of interconnectivity between the education and research networks within and between regions and enhance access to and use of resources.

f. Develop and intensify the dialogue and cooperation on information society
strategies, regulation models for the communication sector and in the audiovisual field.

g. Develop an interface between research and innovation through a knowledge and innovation centres network to facilitate social appropriation of knowledge and technology in particular keeping in mind the micro and SMEs.

h. Promote the extension of scientific and technological cooperation within all Latin American sub-regions and the Caribbean, as well as the adoption of innovative instruments to strengthen cooperation with special attention to countries with low participation in EU-LAC Science and Technology cooperation activities.

i. Foster cooperation for human and institutional capacity building and encourage the return of researchers to their countries of origin.

j. Exchange experiences and best practices in areas of innovation, such as incubation, entrepreneurship, science parks and start-up enterprises.

 

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Url: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/135043.pdf