The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised on 8 March 2022 in Marseille a conference on a global approach of research, innovation and higher education gathering the Ministers responsible of R&I of the Member States of the European Union, of the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Area States associated to the framework programme Horizon Europe, and the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth or their representatives. The objective was to move forward with the implementation of the new strategy for international cooperation in R&I of the European Union and to better concert the Union and Member States’ approaches to third countries. They wanted to take advantage of the revitalization of the debate on a more concerted approach in these areas, which was given impetus by the Commission’s communication of 18 May 2021, followed by Council conclusions of 28 September 2021.

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Declaration (EN): 👉 – marseille-declaration
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In particular the declaration states:

International cooperation in R&I, as well as in higher education, is of geopolitical and strategic importance for the European Union, as underlined in the joint communication from the Commission and the High Representative of 1 December 2021. It is thus necessary to strengthen the attractiveness and the competitiveness of the European Union by finding common solutions for societal challenges and by contributing towards a key role of the Union in global value chains. In this respect, international cooperation should promote in particular democratic values and cooperation for peace, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda in the context of mutually beneficial and balanced partnerships, access to the most up-to-date knowledge as well as collaboration between and circulation of the best talents in the world. It also creates economic and business opportunities in established and emerging markets and allows the influence of the Union to be reinforced through science diplomacy.


Marseille Declaration on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation