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Brussels, 30 November 2009

E uropean Community signs a Science & Technology Cooperation Agreement with Jordan

Today, the European Community (EC) signed a Science and Technology (S&T) Cooperation Agreement with Jordan. This agreement will help structure and enhance S&T cooperation in areas of common interest such as energy and sustainable development where joint research efforts could bring common solutions and mutual benefits. It opens a new chapter of scientific cooperation between the EC and Jordan, an important partner in the EU´s neighbourhood policy.

EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, said: "The signature of an S&T cooperation agreement is the recognition of our mutual interest in bringing together our scientific capacities to address the great challenges we face today. More and more of the challenges our societies face do not respect national borders. Our increased S&T cooperation will lead to common solutions and common benefits. This agreement also represents one step further in the opening of the European Research Area to the world.”

Under the agreement, a joint EC-Jordan Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation will be created and meet regularly. It will help identify common research priorities and put in place the necessary tools for cooperation (e.g reciprocal participation in research programmes, exchange of researchers, coordinated calls for proposals etc.).

Jordan became the fifth Mediterranean Partner Country to sign an S&T Cooperation Agreement with the EC (the other four being Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Israel). Jordan has identified energy, sustainable development, health and agriculture as priorities for international cooperation in research.

The S&T Cooperation Agreement was signed by Commissioner Potočnik, the Swedish Ambassador to the EU H.E. Christian Danielsson on behalf of the European Community and H.E. Ahmad Masa'deh, Jordan's Ambassador to the EU.

It will enter into force once the Parties complete the ratification procedure, which is expe cted to happen in the course of 2010.


The signature of this S&T Cooperation Agreement with Jordan raises the number of countries which have such an agreement with the European Community (EC) to 19.

A Science and Technology cooperation agreement:

  • describes the basic principles underlying the agreement: mutual benefit, reciprocal participation, exchange of researchers

  • establishes a joint research committee which regularly meets to review and define bilateral cooperation activities

  • determines specific rules governing the participation in the Parties' research programmes and the treatment of intellectual property rights in cooperative research activities.

The signature of S&T cooperation agreements is in line with the new strategy for international cooperation in science and technology launched by the Commission in 2008. This strategy identifies two main orientations:

  • Strengthening the international dimension of the European Research Area (ERA) by closely involving Europe's neighbours with the ERA and fostering strategic cooperation with key third countries through geographic and thematic targeting; and

  • Improving the framework conditions for international S&T cooperation by: tackling scientific challenges through global research infrastructures, developing the mobility of researchers and global networking, opening research programmes, promoting Intellectual Property issues, by ensuring reciprocity, equitable treatment, and mutual benefits

Jordanian researchers have been successful in participating in the EC's Framework Programmes for Research, especially in research areas such as environment, food, agriculture and biotechnologies. Under the three first years of FP7 (2007-2013), a total of 19 Jordanian research organisations were retained for funding.

More information on international science and technology cooperation:

See also IP/08/1395

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