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Belarus participates in 50 projects of the European Union's Science and Innovation Horizon 2020 program

Belarus participates in 50 projects of the European Union's Science and Innovation Horizon 2020 program

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Belarus participates in 50 projects of the European Union's Science and Innovation Horizon 2020 program

Belarusian scientists, along with others, win competitions within the European Union's Science and Innovation Horizon 2020 program. As of today, they work alongside with scientists from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and all countries of the Eastern Partnership in 50 projects of the program. This was announced at the meeting of the ministers for science and research of member-states of the Central European Initiative by the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Shumilin. According to him, cooperation within the European Union framework programs is promising, since the interests of Belarus, the CEI member-states and the organization itself coincide.

“We understand that in order to participate more actively in the Horizon Europe program, which is replacing Horizon 2020, we should declare aloud about ourselves and have good partners among the research centers of the member-states of the Central European Initiative,” he said. At the same time, Alexander Shumilin noted that Belarus has already implemented six CEI projects in such areas as scientific research, transport, tourism, culture and education.

In Belarus, such tools of the Central European Initiative as the know-how exchange program, university and scientific and technical networks have proven themselves well. They contribute to supporting collaboration at the level of organizations and individual scientists. At the same time, international cooperation in the field of technology transfer and commercialization of the results of scientific and technical activities and new directions for the republic — smart specialization, technological foresight, and promotion of sustainable development — require further elaboration. “We are interested in the development of these areas, including within the framework of the Central European Initiative and bilateral interaction with member-states of the CEI region,” Alexander Shumilin emphasized.

In 2017, Belarus chaired the Central European Initiative. As part of the chairmanship in Minsk, the CEI Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology “Biotechnologies for a healthy and active life in the CEI region” was held.

The Central European Initiative is a regional forum for cooperation and consultation, promoting cooperation at the political, economic and cultural levels in Central and Eastern Europe. CEI, founded in 1989, has 18 member states: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.