The CEI has traditionally supported regional and cross-border cooperation in the field of science, research and innovation, which are essential sectors for the development of knowledge societies within its constituency. In line with the consolidated CEI working methodology, this has been done through a combination of intergovernmental actions (i.e. meetings of ministers in charge of science and research) and result-oriented operations (projects supported by the CEI Cooperation Fund and the Know-how Exchange Programme, as well as by the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development). 

Against this background, exactly one year ago, on 13 December 2019, THE CEI Ministers in charge of science and research convened in Trieste under Italy’s CEI Presidency. The main output of the gathering was the unanimous adoption of the Trieste Declaration on Science, which outlined the CEI Member States’ common vision on scientific cooperation and science diplomacy for the years to come.

Strong emphasis was put by CEI Ministers on the decisive role science and scientific cooperation “plays for the implementation of the CEI political mission as well as to attain the goals summarising the difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic". It has been possible to implement a coherent CEI action over the last year, by addressing several inputs included in the Declaration, thus initiating processes and launching initiatives that will be carried on in the next CEI programming period 2021-2023.

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