Science and Technologies, Cooperation in the Field of Space
The basis for Ukraine-EU cooperation in science and research is laid down by the Title V «Economic and sector cooperation» of Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine and by the Agreement between Ukraine and EU on Scientific and Technological Cooperation from 4 July 2002, which was renewed on 15 July 2015 following the adoption of the Law of Ukraine № 602-VIII for an additional period of five years with effect from 8 November 2014.
With the signing of an agreement between Ukraine and the EU Commission on the associate participation of Ukraine in the EU Programme “Horizon 2020” in 2015 the Ukrainian scientific and research institutions received an opportunity to be involved in “Horizon 2020” Programme on equal with the EU countries conditions.
In the period from 2014 to 2018 almost 700 Ukrainian institutions and organizations submitted more than 1400 project proposals within the Programme. According to the results – 100 Ukrainian organizations participating in the Horizon 2020 Programme received grant agreements on more than 20 million € for 114 project proposals, 16 of which are coordinated by Ukrainian organizations.
Ukraine pays special attention to the cooperation with EU in space sphere, notably to the interaction with the European Commission, European Space Agency, Space agencies of the EU member states. Currently Ukraine’s participation in the Galileo-EGNOS and COPERNICUS programmes, creation of the preconditions for the future membership in the European Space Agency are among the key priorities of its space exploration policy.
On November 27, 2013 the Joint Declaration on the initiation of the EGNOS Project expansion to the territory of Ukraine was signed in Brussels on the level of Ukrainian Government and European Commission. Agreement on the deployment of Range and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS) of the EGNOS system in Ukraine is to be signed in 2019.
In accordance with the provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, on May 25, 2018, the State Space Agency of Ukraine and the European Commission signed the Arrangement on cooperation in the area of data access and use of Sentinel data of the Copernicus programme. It contributes to deepening Ukraine-EU cooperation in the field of data exchange for remote sensing of the Earth. Mentioned in the Agreement use of Sentinel data provides a wide range of applications, e.g. to support forecasting, management and mitigation of natural disasters and crisis management as well as land, ocean and atmosphere monitoring.
Ukraine-Euratom dialogue is also important element of scientific and technological cooperation between our country and EU. On September 22, 2016 the Parliament of Ukraine validated the Agreement on the associate participation of Ukraine in the research programmes of Euratom which are complimentary to EU “Horizon 2020” Programme. It provided considerable preferences to the Ukrainian institutions allowing them to participate in the research programmes on equal with the EU member states conditions.
On 4 July 2018 the First Meeting of the Ukraine-Euratom Research and Innovation Committee (the Joint Committee) under the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the European Atomic Energy Community associating Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training programme (2014-2018) took place in Brussels
Both sides agreed on further developing their cooperation, as required by the Association Agreement and expressed satisfaction with the pace of association. The Agreement was mutually extended to 2020.