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Russian Economy Minister Belousov to EuroFora on EU-Russia High Tech. cooperation: A lot of projects

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Friday, December 21, 2012
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*Brussels/EU-Russia Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", Russian Minister of Economy, Andrei Belousov, appeared upbeat on High-Tech. EU - Russia cooperation developments, just after being one of the Key participants at the 30rd EU - Russia Summit, together with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Herman Van Rompuy, etc., earlier today in Brussels, which officially decided to launch on 2014 a "Year of Science and Innovation", as confirmed EU Commission's President José Barroso earlier in a well attended but too short Press Conference with many journalists including "EuroFora".

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- "EuroFora" reminded Belousov the recent concrete example of French High Speed Train company "ALSTHOM" with a Russian Railway company, and asked the new Russian Economy Minister how things go curently on EU - Russia High-Tech cooperation, and if there were some even more interesting common Projezcs in this Strategic area focused on the Future.


- "We (EU - Russia) have a Lot of High-Tech Projects", already on the pipeline, positively replied from the outset the New Minister of Economy, chosen by President Vladimir Putin on 2012.


- F.ex. also "with (German company) "SIEMENS", and in the field of Space, etc. , and we aim to extend that to even more" concrete areas, said Russia's Minister for "Economic Development", speaking  to "EuroFore", shortly after EU Commission's President, José Barroso, just confrmed that it was officially decided for  2014 to be declared as EU-Russian "Year of Science and Innovation".


 +Moreover, "I should tell you", f.ex., "that our (Russia's) New Air Plane, SAJ, is a new Plane which must have (at least) + 30 % from EU Companies", Belousov added.


=> "So, we expect that AGS will (really) be(come) an EU - Rusian project", Moscow's new Minister for Economic Development expressed the hope, pointing at the Future.


+ In particular, "preparations for the Launch of the small SpaceCraft "No 1", with Scientific Facilities for Radar Earth Observation systems, have been completed" now.
Earlier Plans to create an EU - Russia reusable Space Vehicle, (mainly after a USA's Shuttle was destroyed at an exceptional incident, some years ago, inciting Obama's NASA to focus more on ISS experiments than in Human Space Flight during the forthcoming years, while also reportedly refusing EU's offers to cooperate on Space Transport : Comp. relevant "EuroFora" Co-Founder's NewsReports, here and elsewhere), had been initially presented, as early as since the 2005 ESA Summit in Berlin, but failed then just because of 1 vote difference between supporters and opponents of the move, (as informed ESA sources told "EuroFora"), while, later-on, some disagreements on how to eventually share EADS' capital in case of Russia's entry had delayed further another attempt in the Past.


But now, in the "Space Cooperation negotiations" between EU and Russia, mentioned by Belousev (comp.Supra), concerning "a Global Satellite systems coperation Agreement (GALILEO and GLONASS)", "the Goals and Scope were Decided" this "December 2012", in addition to the "further Launch of GALILEO Sattelites with SOYUZ from EU's Spaceport in (French) Guyana", (including, f.ex., "on 12 October 2012, a 3rd Soyuz-STB Rocket launch carrying 2 Galileo Satellites into orbit for ESA"), etc.
More particularly, regarding  f.ex.  "Emergency Response Systems to Traffic Accidents", a Deal was prepared "between EU's eCall and Russia's ERA-GLONASS", while "Cross-Border Pilots, between Finland and Russia took place Succesfully  and Suppliers revealed Devices able to combine both systems, whose Legislation and forthcoming implementation is now "aligned", with "deployment" expected "from 2015".

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+ On a Wider spectrum of activities, according to supplementary, detailed Data just published Today in Brussels by a jointly drafted and signed "Progress Report"  on the "EU - Russia Partnership for Modernization", "both sides started cooperation to further Link EU and Russian Technology Platforms" for Businesses, while they also "Agreed.. to develop a Strategic Partnership for Research and Innovation", due "to be launched with the start of EU's new Multi-Annual Framework Program "Horizon 2020".


Already, "475 Russian Research Organizations are involved in 302 Projects receiving an EU contribution of around 6O Millions €", while  "19 Research Organizations from Germany, 11 from France, 8 from the UK, along with many others from various EU Countries, participate in 64 Russian Projects", marking an "Increased active role of Russia in EU (RST) Framework Programmes, and of EU Researchers in Russian Federal targetted programmes", ("including Space and Nuclear research"). EU - Russia Summit stressed that such a "very Good cooperation" should "continue" further "in the Priority area of enhancing Innovation, Research and Development".


For that purpose, f.ex., "2 "Umbrella Tenders" for carrying out Scientific Research have been organized, and Projects have been approved in such Priority Fields as "Nano-Technology and Materials", "Living Systems", Rational Use of Nature", and "Information/Communication Technologies", according to the EU-Russia "Progress Report" signed today in Brussels.       

Already, "in the sphere of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, the two sides noted a Progress made in Deployment of Scientific and Research Networks, as well as Data Exchange". In addition, "VEB has (already) issued 3,06 Billions RUB for the Funding of the Project : "Organisation of Industrial Production of Composite Components and Materials", while also, "in the Priority areas of .. Investment in Key sectors driving Growth and Innovation, numerous Projects involving Companies from the EU and Russia are underway and/or planned in a range of Industrial and Technological sectors, Energy Efficiency and Savings, Transport", etc.         ---------------


Belousov, after graduating with honours from the prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University, worked as Researcher and Director of a Centre at the USSR Academy of Sciences, on man-machine system modelling, specializing in Forecasts, Analyses and Prognostication, before being picked up by Putin initially as Adviser, as early as since 2006, and  Deputy Minister, being appointed on 2012 as Russia's new Minister of Economic Development. Together with experienced Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, comp.  f.ex. Lavrov's brief but topical statements to "EuroFora" at the Deauville "G-8" Summit :   .. , etc.), he was one of the 2 Key specialist participants at this December 2012 EU - Russia Summit, which focused mainly on Economy/Energy and Syria, as EU President Van Rompuy's deputy Spokesman, Preben Aamann, stressed later to "EuroFora", (comp. also another "EuroFora"s Newstory on a differend aspect of this 30st EU -Russia Summit in Brussels).    

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+ Meanwhile, Science also allowed Putin to downplay widespread rumours about a so-called "Doomsday" that some Maya a.o. ancient texts' interpretations located precisely on December 21, 2012, i.e. the same day with this Brussels' EU - Russia summit : - " I do know when the World will End", he joked in reply to Journalists' questions at a previous (and much longer : + 4,5 Hours of Questions/Replies !) Press Conference in Moscow, earlier this week  : - "In approximately 4.5 billion years. . this is because of the life cycle of our sun, ...We are now in the middle of the cycle !", he reportedly explained...

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(+ See also Russian Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Chishov's statements to "EuroFora" on a different, topical issue, at another NewsReport).

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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


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    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

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    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

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    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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