Last week, the European Union Delegation to Israel hosted a special event in Tel Aviv to mark 25 years of successful EU-Israel collaboration in the field of research and innovation.
The reception, attended by European ambassadors, Israeli government officials and Research and Innovation stakeholders, marked a quarter century of growing R&I ties that started when Israel became associated to the fourth EU Framework Programme for Research in 1996.
“Since then, about 5,000 research contracts were signed as part of our cooperation, more than 6,000 participants, and about 1,000 SMEs for 2.5 billion in total of EU funding for research and innovation to which Israel also was an outstanding financial contributor,” Signe Ratso, the Deputy Director-General for research and innovation at the European Commission, said in a recorded message screened at the event.
EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret noted in his remarks that Israel was one of the most successful non-EU participants in the union’s outgoing flagship R&I program Horizon 2020. “Some 1,600 Israel-based projects received a total of 1.36 billion Euro in funding in the framework of Horizon 2020,” he said. “We value our partnership a great deal. Israel’s significant contributions to global science and innovation are indisputable. A number of Israeli world-class scientists have made outstanding contributions in numerous scientific areas.”