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collaborative opportunities between Canadian and European researchers,
as well as a positive impact on Canada and the wider world.
From a Canadian perspective, it seems that Horizon 2020 is more open
to the participation of third countries compared to FP7. Logically, this
exposure should enhance EU-Canada co-operation in science and
technology. Several calls in Horizon 2020 have specific topics
encouraging international co-operation – such calls include the
‘International co-operation in aeronautics with Canada’ topic in the
‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ Societal Challenges objective.
However, this move does not automatically imply that entities from third
countries are eligible for funding. Industrialised countries and emerging
economies are not automatically eligible for funding from the Commission
in Horizon 2020, and consequently Canada, along with other countries
outside of the EU, such as the United States and Mexico, must bring its
own funding to the research project consortia.
targeted at the general public, including teachers, students and leaders
in the business community.
How does the EUCE encourage EU-Canada RDI
collaboration, and how does the centre fit into the
wider RDI ecosystem in Canada?
Until April 2014, the Government of Québec charged the EUCE with
monitoring and promoting EU financing opportunities open to Canadians,
mainly through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This
programme encouraged bilateral research, development and innovation
collaboration through EU-Canada consortia. In our case, such promotion
was mainly directed towards France/Québec research and development
institutes, particularly between universities.
Since last April, the ERA-Can+ project, mainly funded by FP7, has been
charged with the specific task of promoting co-operation between the
EU and Canada in science, technology and innovation. However, the EUCE
still offers its expertise to the research community in Montréal.
How important was the 2014 Destination Europe
Conference to the EUCE’s work?
Destination Europe brought knowledgeable EU innovation leaders to
McGill University and wider Montréal to discuss new research and
collaboration opportunities, particularly in Horizon 2020. The event saw
the participation of local researchers and members of the business
community. Montréalers responded enthusiastically and saw the
participation of the then European commissioner for research, innovation
and science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. EUCE researchers actively
participated in the subsequent discussions, and it is anticipated that
Destination Europe will bear significant fruit in encouraging Montréal-
based researchers to deepen and broaden their scientific partnerships
with European institutions.
What has been the impact of the recent EU-Canada SPA?
It is still too early to tell, but the SPA crowns two decades of ever more
intense political dialogue between Canada and the EU. This dialogue
takes place at all levels of the government machinery, including the top
leadership of both Ottawa and Brussels. Some areas of co-operation,
such as security and defence and people-to-people contacts, have
existed for a long time. Others, such as energy, are now given more
importance in the SPA.
What role do you see Horizon 2020 playing in Canada?
The EUCE is extremely proud of its global outlook, and we continue to
emphasise the importance of promoting international research
collaboration around the world. With nearly €80bn of funding available,
Horizon 2020 is the largest EU research, development and innovation
programme to date. If recent history is any indication, Canada, and in
particular the University of Montréal and McGill University, stands to be
a major partner and beneficiary in the future rounds of funding from the
framework programme. This is an important initiative that will encourage
Professor Juliet Johnson
University of Montréal-McGill University EUCE
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Closer co-operation
In September 2014, the EU and
Canada signed an SPA solidifying
decades of previously close co-
operation and beginning a “new
dynamic chapter in relations”.
Signed by Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper (pictured left) and the then presidents of
the European Council and the European Commission, Herman Van
Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso (pictured right), the leaders
issued a joint statement defining the SPA as strengthening foreign
relations and providing a “platform for joint action on global issues”.
The leaders said: “The SPA will contribute to stronger ties in areas
such as energy, research and innovation, science and technology,
and the Arctic. The agreement also seeks to enrich our dialogue on
issues that directly affect the wellbeing of our peoples, such as the
environment, migration, consular protection, people-to-people links
and the special needs of youth.
“We commit to ensure, as soon as possible, visa-free travel
between our countries for all Canadian and EU citizens so that they
will also benefit fully from the new trade and economic
opportunities that are being created between Canada and the EU.”
It is estimated that the SPA could benefit the EU’s economy by
nearly €12bn each year.
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