About Liaison Office Argentina-European Union

The Liaison Office Argentina-European Union in Science, Technology and Innovation (ABEST) operates within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT), through its National Directorate for Cooperation and Institutional Integration. The Ministry was created in December 2007 by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and is the first Ministry in Latin America to associate productive innovation with science and technology. Its mandate is to harness science, technology and innovation to strengthen a new productive model that generates greater social inclusion and improves the competitiveness of the economy in Argentina, under a new paradigm of knowledge as a cornerstone of development.

 

The National Directorate for Cooperation and Institutional Integration deals with those matters involved in cooperation with foreign countries, agencies and other international institutions, involved in the field of science, technology and innovation. In that sense, it promotes the implementation of realization of joint research projects and training, exchange of experts, and the transfer of results to the national productive sector.

 

ABEST was created in October 2005 with partial funding from the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Union (ABEST/ A-EU, project No. 518090). In October 2009 the second phase was approved (ABESTII, project No. 244327) with partial budget from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and on October 1st 2012, the third phase of the 36- month project started (ABEST III, Project No. 311952).

 

 

The goal of this office is to set in Argentina a platform to enhance and expand technical cooperation activities in science, technology and innovation both the EU and in the member countries. One of the main financing instruments promoted by the Liaison Office is the Framework Programme (FP) managed by the Directorate for Research and Development of the European Commission, in which Argentina participates since 1986.