EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation: 8th Senior Officials Meeting

The 8th EU-CELAC JIRI SOM took place on October, 30. Conclusions available
Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The 8th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) took place virtually on October 30, 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Maria Elena Alvarez-Buylla, Director-General of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico, representing the Pro-Tempore Presidency (PPT) of CELAC, and by Mrs Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, Directorate General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission.

During the meeting, in which participated 160 officials from 40 countries, the future cooperation and the bi-regional dialogue in research and innovation between the EU and CELAC was discussed. The developments under the three pillars of the Common Research Area (mobility of researchers; cooperation of research infrastructures and global challenges),  were reviewed and the future steps to be taken, agreed by consensus. These future steps are reflected in the draft 2021-2023 Strategic Roadmap, which will be submitted for approval according to the corresponding procedures.

Other documents that add important information on the EU-CELAC SOM results are the Concept Note and the Joint Press Communique

All the information on the EU-CELAC SOM on Science ad Technology can be found at the European Commission webpage.