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On 24 September, the European Commission published a communication entitled A strategic European Framework for international S&T cooperation. It calls on member states to jointly strengthen science and technology cooperation with non-EU countries, notably in the field of Information and Communication Technologies where Europe is a strong exporter.
The communication outlines core principles, which should underline European cooperation with the rest of the world and proposes specific lines of action to:
The communication is one of five policy initiatives planned by the Commission to follow up the 2007 Green Paper "The European Research Area: New Perspectives" and is a further step in the creation of the "fifth freedom" by removing barriers to the free movement of knowledge.