International Cooperation

The concept of public diplomacy has traditionally been understood in state‐centric terms and has been closely related to a state’s foreign policy. Despite conceptual evolution towards more dialogue and networking, definitions continue to envisage public diplomacy as a state pursuit. The impact of globalization on politics however has provoked an emergence of new civil society players who have progressively increased their influence, power, legitimacy and credibility in the global arena, intensifying the crisis that besets the state. This paper proposes a new approach to the public diplomacy concept that can include actions by non‐state actors. In so doing, it explores two main conditions of civil society organizations that need to be recognized as part of the public diplomacy concept: legitimacy and effectiveness.

It is a User's Manual on Intercultural Communication in research and technology project initiatives. It targets mainly National Contact Points (NCPs) and Coordinators of multinational consortiums.

An agenda for a renewed partnership" organized by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, in Barcelona on 2 and 3 April 2012. It includes all the projects with participation of at least one partner from the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) which have been supported under the FP7. Click here to download the document.

Euro-Mediterranean conference launches new partnership in research and innovation. Some 350 top-level scientists and policy-makers from more than 30 countries around the European Union and Mediterranean region met in Barcelona, Spain, on April 2-3 to launch a new partnership in research and innovation. The aim of the conference, the first of its kind, was to map out a pathway to establishing a Common Research and Innovation Agenda, aimed at addressing the grand societal challenges impacting the region, notably in the field of energy, water, food, transport and health.

Research and innovation have always been interlinked internationally and this has been further increased in recent years by information and communication technologies and the emergence of new global players in science and technology. The International Cooperation staff has developed over 100 brochures and publications. Click here to visit the page of DG Research devoted to International cooperation.

On 22 March 2013, in Moscow, the Coordinators of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue G.H. Oettinger (Member of the European Commission for Energy) and A.V. Novak (Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation) signed the "Roadmap EU-Russia Energy Cooperation until 2050".
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