Belgian Federal Science Policy (Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid): Bilateral Agreements

The Belgian Federal Science Policy Agency is responsible for coordinating the preparation and follow-up of the scientific section of bilateral agreements for economic, industrial, scientific and technological cooperation, some of which Belgium has had for over twenty years. Partner countries are Bulgaria, China, Poland, Russia, Vietnam. Belgium also drew up an agreement for space activities with Argentina.

The Federal Science Policy Office chairs the Belgian delegation at meetings of the Mixed Committeesfor S&T; cooperation (ca. every two years). There, representatives of both countries examinethe results of their bilateral cooperation and together set the course for future common projects.The S&T; cooperation can take various forms: information exchange, exploratory expert mission, common research and demonstration or valorisation project.

In addition to its coordination work, the Federal Science Policy Office also finances cooperation projects in their areas of competence, in particular projects involving space research, or subjects dealing with national research programmes or conducted by federal scientific institutions under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Science Policy. As such, they contribute to the international valorisation of this research and the transfer of know-how.

For more information:

Lieve Huys
Research Coordination Office
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
B-9000 Gent
phone: +32 9 264 30 28 - fax: +32 9 264 35 83
e-mail: Lieve.Huys@UGent.be

www.belspo.be/res/coord/bilatacc_en.stm