Extract of the Commission proposal

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for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)on the International cooperation with third countries and international organisations(Art. 21)

Article 21
International cooperation with third countries and international organisations


1. Entities established in third countries and international organisations shall be eligible to participate in indirect actions of Horizon 2020 under the conditions set out in Regulation (EU) XX/XX [Rules for Participation]. International cooperation with third countries and international organisations shall be promoted across and within Horizon 2020 to achieve, in particular, the following objectives:
(a) strengthening the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research and innovation as well as its economic and industrial competitiveness;
(b) tackling effectively global societal challenges;
(c) supporting the Union's external and development policy objectives, complementing external and development programmes.
2. Targeted actions with the objective of promoting cooperation with specific third countries or groups of third countries shall be implemented on the basis of common interest and mutual benefit, taking into account their scientific and technological capabilities and market opportunities, and the expected impact. Reciprocal access to third country programmes should be encouraged. In order to maximise impact, coordination and synergies with initiatives of Member States and associated countries shall be promoted. Cooperation priorities shall take into account developments in Union policy and opportunities for cooperation with third countries, as well as possible deficiencies in third country intellectual property systems. EN 23 EN
3. In addition, horizontal and cross-cutting activities to promote the strategic development of international cooperation shall be implemented under Horizon 2020 under the specific objective "Inclusive, innovative and secure societies" set out in Point 6.3.2(d) of Part III of Annex I.

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