Background

Background

The Mexican government with the European Union signed the Scientific and Technologic Cooperation Agreement though CONACYT and the European Commission. In force since 2005 and renewed in 2010, the agreement owns 5 years validity. The main objective of this Cooperation Agreement is to foster, develop and facilitate cooperation activities between Europe and Mexico in thematic areas of common interest to accomplish research activities and scientific and technological development.

The agreement is based on mutual benefit principles, reciprocal opportunities for research and technological development activities, information exchange, protection and equal distribution of intellectual property.

The identified areas of common interest are the following:
 
  • Environment and climate research, including earth observation;
  • Biomedical and health research;
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishery;
  • Industrial and manufacturing technologies;
  • Electronics, materials and metrology;
  • Aeronautics and space research;
  • Non-nuclear energy;
  • Transportation;
  • Information Society technologies;
  • Economic and social development research;
  • Biotechnology
  • Scientific politics and technology
 
The Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Mexico and the EU comes from the Economic Partnership Agreement, Political Coordination and Cooperation between the European Commission and its Member States and the United Mexican States from 1997, which identifies in article 29, Science and technology as an area of cooperation of particular interest, establishing in due course the possibility of formalizing an agreement on the subject.