(a) Science, research, innovation and technology
The main objective in this area is to develop the “EU-LAC Knowledge Area” through: i) improving cooperation in research and innovation; ii) strengthening scientific and technological capacities, and infrastructures; iii) to enable sustainable research, innovation and knowledge sharing taking into account the contribution of ancestral and traditional knowledge; iv) to boost the use of new technologies and technology transfer underpinning sustainable socio-economic development and v) to foster cooperation between both regions as regards the digital economy and the reduction of the digital divide for improving competitiveness while making social inclusion a cross-cutting issue.
a. Establish a regular bi-regional dialogue on science, research, technology and innovation to consolidate EU-LAC cooperation and to update common priorities, encourage mutual policy learning and ensure the proper implementation and effectiveness of cooperation instruments.
b. Explore the possibility of working jointly with other institutions in matters related to innovation and knowledge, applied research and technological innovation.
*Cooperation activities and initiatives
c. Commence the development and implementation of the new mechanism, the “EULAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation” combining instruments at national, regional and bi-regional level as appropriate in a complementary and synergistic manner.
d. Establish or strengthen thematic networks on agreed issues of mutual interest, which should facilitate exchanges between EU-LAC universities and research centres and networks and private and public sector institutions.
e. Strengthened the integration of both regions in the Information Society and Support the development of the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector and the reduction of the digital divide and digital illiteracy through an increase of interconnectivity between the education and research networks within and between regions and enhance access to and use of resources.
f. Develop and intensify the dialogue and cooperation on information society, strategies, regulation models for the communication sector and in the audiovisual field.
g. Develop an interface between research and innovation through a knowledge and innovation centers network to facilitate social appropriation of knowledge and technology in particular keeping in mind the micro and SMEs.
h. Promote the extension of scientific and technological cooperation within all Latin American sub-regions and the Caribbean, as well as the adoption of innovative instruments to strengthen cooperation with special attention to countries with low participation in EU-LAC Science and Technology cooperation activities.
i. Foster cooperation for human and institutional capacity building and encourage the return of researchers to their countries of origin.
j. Exchange experiences and best practices in areas of innovation, such as incubation, entrepreneurship, science parks and start-up enterprises.
* Expected results
k. New initiatives for more effective coordination and cooperation aiming at interconnecting knowledge, science; research and innovation ;as well as business, entrepreneurial, and research centres and networks from the EU and LAC countries, and leading to an improved uptake and dissemination of research results for innovation in particular for the micro and SMEs.
l. Road Map defining specific targets and associated performance indicators for the implementation of the Joint Initiative will be set up and updated on a regular basis.
m. A comprehensive joint strategy in research, development and innovation supporting, among other things, an improved use of the possibilities that ICT offers, including in the areas of e‑Government, e‑Health and e‑Education, as well as in relation to climate change-related and other relevant issues.
n. Reinforced private and public sector efforts for the improvement of the interconnection of education and research networks through the enhancement of transatlantic links, including through new optic fibre cables.
o. Increased compatibility of regulatory frameworks in the field of electronic communications and improved quality of digital contents.
p. Improved quality and effectiveness of the scientific and technological cooperation through: i) increased knowledge of EU-LAC scientific and technological communities, ii) increased research focus on agreed items of mutual interest iii) larger scientific and technological capacities of LAC countries, involving also national programmes and capacity building for the Caribbean, to drive their own development and to achieve enhanced cooperation opportunities with the EU iv) increased information exchange.