The annual meeting of the Joint EU-Russia Science and Technology Committee took place at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science in Moscow on 20 June 2014. The participants discussed results for the reporting period and set objectives for the implementation of new international research projects.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Lyudmila Ogorodova, the EU Ambassador to Russia, Vigaudas Ushatskas, and the Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate-General of the European Commission for Research and Innovation, Christina Russo.
Lyudmila Ogorodova reported on the launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014, on the harmonisation of mechanisms for implementing joint science and technology projects with the European Union, and on approved schemes for Russia's participation in multilateral programmes funded by the EU. 'Russia's participation in large infrastructure programmes should be emphazised, which includes, in particular, the Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF', said the Deputy Minister.
During the meeting, the parties agreed to 'harmonise cooperation under the programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 and the Federal Targeted Program Research and Development on Priority Directions of Scientific-Technological Complex of Russia for 2014-2020'. In addition, there was an agreement on the accession of Russia (represented by the Kurchatov Institute) to the work of the European Synchrotron Radiation Center - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France.