The European Commission (EC) Director of International Cooperation in Science and Technology, Mary Minch, has called for a full utilisation of the EU New Framework Programme 7 (FP7). Explaining that the new Framework Programme 7 -- from 2007-2013-- had a total budget of EUR 54 billion, she noted that it was aimed at boosting innovation and research capacity, and that it would, at the same time, enhance EU cooperation with Malaysia.   According to an interview with, Minch said that there were already five projects being undertaken with Malaysia, and that she expected that others would be selected in the near future.

During a 2-day workshop with over 60 Malaysian research institutes at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, ‘participants had an opportunity to learn about the Framework Programme, European policy and EU aspirations in cooperating with Malaysia’.

Minch, who also participated in a number of bilateral meetings with the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), said ‘a number of fields, like climate change including technology transfer, carbon capture and storage, bio fuels and renewable energy, nanotechnology and ICT were highlighted as priority areas for EU-Malaysia cooperation’.


Follow this link to read the full interview.

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