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Denmark and France strengthen ties in research and education

Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers and French Minister for European Affairs signed a joint declaration this week between the two countries.

Aug 31, 2018

The aim of the declaration is to promote ground-breaking research, innovation and education through increase mobility for students, teachers and researchers.

Denmark and France have a long tradition of strong and positive collaboration in the research and education arenas. The new Letter of Intent that was signed this week, builds on that cooperation and aligns with the Government's focus on current EU negotiations on the framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe and the Erasmus mobility programme.

The Letter of Intent was signed by French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau and Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers.

- European education and research must be world class, and this requires close and strategic collaboration within the EU. In signing this Letter of Intent, Denmark and France are sending a strong signal that we stand together in these vital areas. Our objective is to promote ground-breaking research and innovation and top quality education in Europe, says Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers.

A new element of the coming EU programmes, will be the support of the European Universities initiative, which is a strategic collaboration between educational institutions across European borders. It is an initiative that has the strong backing of both Denmark and France.

Meanwhile, in connection with the official visit of the French President Emmanuel Macron to Denmark, an agreement has been reached between the French space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) and the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. CNES is Europe's leading national space agency. There has been a long tradition of close cooperation between Danish and French space researchers, but there has been no formal collaborative agreement between Denmark and France before now.

- We are very pleased that CNES wished to sign an agreement with Denmark within space-based climate research.  Climate is not just a key issue for Denmark, but also a potential growth area for innovative Danish companies. This agreement will now result in a number of concrete initiatives and collaborative projects, which we are very much looking forward to, says Tommy Ahlers.

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last modified Aug 31, 2018