EU and China cooperation dialogue for STI


On 9 April, the fourth Innovation Cooperation Dialogue, co-chaired by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and the Chinese Minister of Science & Technology, Wang Zhigang, took place in Brussels, in margins of the EU-China Summit.

During the meeting, both parties shared their views on science, technology and innovation (STI) collaboration and exchanged information on their latest plans and priorities, focusing on the Horizon Europe proposal for 2021-2027 from the EU side and on the Medium and Long Term Science & Technology Development Plan for 2021-2035 from the Chinese side. They further confirmed their intention to enhance communication and develop synergies between their respective plans.

The meeting also addressed other strategic topics such as:

  • Open access to scientific publications and research data as well as to new research and innovation (R&I) programmes;
  • Cooperation on standardisation towards innovative research outcomes;
  • Research ethics and integrity in the use of new technologies (including artificial intelligence);
  • Policies and measures to support small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) innovation;
  • Sustainable development goals;
  • Intellectual property protection in stimulating innovation.

Dialogue outcomes

The EU and China agreed to:

  • launch the development of a joint roadmap for future EU-China STI collaboration in order to foster cooperation in R&I, to be drafted by the end of 2019.
  • proceed with the tacit renewal of the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the EU and China.

The Avicenna Alliance welcomes the results of the dialogue on innovation cooperation between the EU and China. As a further step, the Alliance Secretariat will examine to what extent it would be possible to include in silico medicine in the joint roadmap for future EU-CHINA IST collaboration.


EU’s research and innovation partnership with China is based on a Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in December 1998. The Agreement was concluded for an initial period of five years and has so far been renewed by mutual agreement between both parties (tacit renewal) after evaluation.

China is already an important partner in the Horizon 2020 programme as the EU and China launched together in 2017 a robust package of joint flagship initiatives. Working with over €100 million in funding from each side, the initiatives cover areas such as food, agriculture and biotechnologies, environment and sustainable urbanisation, transport and health.

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