|ALCUE NET: First INCO Net led by Latin America|
To support the international dimension of science, technology and innovation to enhance bi-regional cooperation, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina as project coordinator, organized the meeting to launch ALCUE NET (Network for Research and Innovation Union EU-Latin America and Caribbean) held on April 18 and 19 2013 at the offices of the German Permanent Representation in Brussels. This event was scheduled as part of the next Senior Officials Meeting (SOM).
The project ALCUE NET, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which commenced on December 1st, 2012, proposed an initiative to support the political dialogue for Research and Innovation in order to establish a platform for EU-LAC that brings together the actors involved in R&D information, funding and implementation, as well as other relevant stakeholders in the public, private sectors and the civil society. The project aims at supporting bi-regional political dialogue EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) during 2013-2016 (technical support structure) to reflect the suggestions and recommendations of the SOM working groups. For the first time a Latin American institution is the coordinator of a project dedicated to supporting INCO Net bi-regional dialogue. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation is the coordinator of a consortium of 19 institutions, 11 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 8 from Europe.
The launching meeting laid the foundation for a fruitful cooperation during the project. The main objective was to develop a mutual understanding of the activities of the working plan as defined in the project proposal (with a special focus on the activities to be performed during the first year) and to clarify the administrative and financial matters related to project implementation.
49 people participated on this occasion. All members were present except the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil. From the European Commission, four representatives of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation participated: Laurent Bocherau, International Cooperation Manager, Sigi Gruber, Head of Unit DG Research&Innovation; Indridi Benediktsson, Project Officer, and Anna Konstantatou, Legal Officer&Project Negotiator. Minister Alejandra Ayuso from the Embassy of Argentina before the European Commission also attended, the Head of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union, Erik Hansalek (who opened the event and welcomed those present), and the coordinators of 6 projects: ALCUE NET, EU-LAC HEALTH, AMERICAS, AL-INVEST, EUCARINET, ENLACE, EU-LAC KBBE, and ENSOCIO-LA.
About the project
To achieve its overall objective, ALCUE NET is built both on the basis of previous experience and results and of ongoing FP7 projects as well. These initiatives will be considered to promote the complementarity with the activities carried out under other EU programs, in particular those related to foreign policy. In particular, the progress made by both regions that participate in the FP7 EULARINET joint project (Research and Innovation Network between LAC and EU) whose activities were designed to identify views on specific issues, coordinate activities and identify priorities for common interest will be taken into account.
ALCUE NET shall contribute to extend cooperation beyond research to address innovation issues:
- Structuring and strengthening bi-regional cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
- To support the bi-regional political dialogue in STI
- Monitor the progress of the bi-regional cooperation in STI
At a specific level, the project focuses on:
A. Achieving progress towards overall improvement of the key aspects of the social challenges related to food security, energy and climate change.
B. Support political dialogue at all relevant levels
C. Strengthening cooperation
D. Increasing the effectiveness and impact