EU wants to continue cooperation with Siberian scientists

Scientists and representatives of EU embassies discuss cooperation

Scientists from the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and representatives of embassies of EU member countries to Russia met on April 19 to discuss possible cooperation in EU projects, the Nauka v Sibiri edition of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences reports.

"Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, including its Siberian branch, have always been reliable and welcome partners of joint projects of the EU at large and EU member states, which really want to preserve contacts and the groundwork laid in recent years," the edition quoted Richard Burger, science and technology section head at the EU Delegation to Russia, as saying.

Pia Sarivaara-Heikkinen, economic and trade policy desk officer at the Finnish Embassy to Russia, and French Embassy attache for university cooperation Guillaume Garreta also declared the interest of their countries in developing partnership with Russian partners under scientific programs.

Burger noted that the EU had been automatically co-funding projects with Russia, China, India, Brazil and some other countries before 2014, but that this was no longer happening.

"There is no political reason for this, it is just that the EU views Russia as an industrially developed and rich country," Burger said.

The number of co-funded projects has reduced compared to the previous framework programs, and the decline is especially large for Russia, which used to be the most active non-EU partner, he said.

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