At the 30th EU-Russia Summit in Brussels on 21 December 2012, EU and Russian leaders agreed to make 2014 the ‘EU-Russia Year of Science’ to promote EU-Russia cooperation in research, higher education and innovation. In the words of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, “This year, to be jointly organised across the EU and Russia, will celebrate the vibrant and multifaceted science and technology cooperation between the EU, our Member States and the Russian Federation.
Involving scientists, research organisations, innovators and the wider public, the EU-Russia Year of Science will directly build on Russia’s strong involvement in the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.”
President Putin underlined the importance to further strengthen the S&T cooperation between Russia and the EU: “The future well-being of our societies directly depends on progress in the field of science, knowledge and technological innovation. It is obvious that this progress can be achieved best through international cooperation. The excellent
record of academic and technological cooperation between Russia and Europe provides a strong basis for reinforced links between the EU and Russia. The EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 will celebrate and provide fresh impetus for our strategic partnership in these areas.“