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A8-0004/2018

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P8_TA(2018)0021

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PE 613.549v02-00 A8-0004/2018

on the draft Council decision concerning the renewal of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil

(11040/2017 – C8-0320/2017 – 2017/0139(NLE))

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Rapporteur: Angelo Ciocca

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council Decision concerning the renewal of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil

(11040/2017 – C8-0320/2017 – 2017/0139(NLE))

(Special legislative procedure – Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (11040/2017),

–  having regard to Council Decision 2005/781/EC of 6 June 2005 on the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil(1),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 186 and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0320/2017),

–  having regard to Rule 99(1) and (4) and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (A8-0004/2018),

1.  Gives its consent to renewal of the agreement;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

(1)

OJ L 295, 11.11.2005, p. 37.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil(1) entered into force on 7 August 2007. The agreement was concluded initially for five years and may be renewed by consensus on a five-yearly basis, subject to evaluation during the penultimate year of each subsequent five-year period. Accordingly, Parliament is now being called upon to give its consent to the second renewal. As regards the substance, however, the renewed agreement will be identical to the agreement now in force, as has been agreed in the discussions with Brazil.

Since the agreement was last renewed (under Decision 2012/646/EU(2)), Brazil has made significant advances in its science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy, and this has, in institutional terms, helped to consolidate the STI system. Improvements have thus been made to human resources, both in numbers and in qualifications, and to the R&D infrastructure. Brazil continues to be in the forefront of agricultural research, as well as research into tropical and infective diseases. It is also a world-class player in the fields of information and communication technologies, nanotechnologies, and energy and has some of the best universities in Latin America. These research areas are of interest to the EU. The links between Brazil and the EU in science, technology, and innovation have been strengthened through intensive cooperation at EU and Member State level.

The EU-Brazil S&T agreement covers a wide range of research fields falling under the EU research and innovation framework programme. For example, research into renewables, and second-generation advanced biofuels in particular, has been singled out as one of the mutually beneficial priorities for research cooperation between the EU and Brazil. At the seventh meeting of the Joint Steering Committee, which took place in 2015, the two parties decided to launch a coordinated call relating to second-generation advanced biofuels, and its implementation was discussed at the eighth committee meeting, held on 29 November 2017.

The evaluation carried out by the Commission clearly demonstrates that the agreement provides an important framework for facilitating cooperation between the EU and Brazil in common S&T priority areas leading to mutual benefits. Given that its potential as a research and innovation partner is continuing to grow, Brazil should be viewed as a strategic partner for the EU in Latin America. The main instruments for cooperation are the EU research and innovation framework programmes.

Among non-associated third countries, Brazil was the sixth most active country under FP7 (2007-2013) and has to date been the fifth most active under Horizon 2020. As rapporteur I firmly believe that it is in the EU’s interest to renew the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil for five more years.

(1)

  OJ L 295, 11.11.2005, p. 38.

(2)

  Council Decision 2012/646/EU of 10 October 2012 concerning the renewal of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil (OJ L 287, 18.10.2012, p. 4).


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil

References

11040/2017 – C8-0320/2017 – COM(2017)03362017/0139(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

22.9.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

2.10.2017

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Angelo Ciocca

15.11.2017

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

28.11.2017

 

 

 

Date adopted

11.1.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

50

1

7

Members present for the final vote

Bendt Bendtsen, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, José Blanco López, David Borrelli, Jonathan Bullock, Reinhard Bütikofer, Edward Czesak, Fredrick Federley, Ashley Fox, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Eva Kaili, Kaja Kallas, Barbara Kappel, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Jeppe Kofod, Peter Kouroumbashev, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Christelle Lechevalier, Janusz Lewandowski, Csaba Molnár, Nadine Morano, Aldo Patriciello, Miroslav Poche, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Patrizia Toia, Claude Turmes, Vladimir Urutchev, Kathleen Van Brempt, Henna Virkkunen, Martina Werner, Lieve Wierinck, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

Substitutes present for the final vote

Michał Boni, Mario Borghezio, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Werner Langen, Morten Løkkegaard, Florent Marcellesi, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Rupert Matthews, Clare Moody, Răzvan Popa, Dennis Radtke, Michèle Rivasi, Anneleen Van Bossuyt

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Max Andersson, Ingeborg Gräßle, Mihai Ţurcanu

Date tabled

15.1.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

50

+

ALDE

Fredrick Federley, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Kaja Kallas, Morten Løkkegaard, Lieve Wierinck

ECR

Edward Czesak, Ashley Fox, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Rupert Matthews, Anneleen Van Bossuyt

ENF

Mario Borghezio, Barbara Kappel, Christelle Lechevalier

PPE

Bendt Bendtsen, Michał Boni, Ingeborg Gräßle, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Werner Langen, Janusz Lewandowski, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Nadine Morano, Aldo Patriciello, Dennis Radtke, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Vladimir Urutchev, Henna Virkkunen, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská, Mihai Ţurcanu

S&D

José Blanco López, Jens Geier, Theresa Griffin, Eva Kaili, Jeppe Kofod, Peter Kouroumbashev, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Csaba Molnár, Clare Moody, Miroslav Poche, Răzvan Popa, Patrizia Toia, Kathleen Van Brempt, Martina Werner, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

1

-

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

7

0

EFDD

David Borrelli

GUE/NGL

Xabier Benito Ziluaga

Verts/ALE

Max Andersson, Reinhard Bütikofer, Florent Marcellesi, Michèle Rivasi, Claude Turmes

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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