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Release on the occasion of the 16th European Union (EU)-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) Meeting, October 18, 2022

The 16th European Union (EU)-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meeting took place on October 18, 2022, in Brussels. 

The Joint Committee Meeting was co-chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (R&I), Directorate General for Research & Innovation, European Commission and by Nathalie Dubé, Director General, Investment, Innovation and Education, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Government of Canada. The meeting was attended by representatives from several ministries and research institutions from both countries.

Canada and EU share a strong and successful history of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) cooperation and both parties are interested in further enhancing the bilateral collaboration. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss priority themes such as AI, Quantum, Smart cities, Bio-Economy, Raw materials, Aviation and Aerospace, Oceans and Arctic research, and Mobility.

Canada and the EU have maintained mutually beneficial STI relations with the 1959 Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. This excellent collaboration continued through the 1996 (amended in 1998) Canada-EU Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which provides a solid foundation for continued engagement between Canadian and European researchers and innovators to ensure the prosperity and well-being of our citizens and address pressing global challenges such as climate change, pandemics and food security. Under the terms of the Agreement, the JSTCC meets in principle every 18 months to assess progress made under the agreement and to determine new areas of collaboration.

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