Research policies and environment protection
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 29 September 2021 (28th sitting) (see Doc. 15357, report of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education
and Media, rapporteur: Mr Olivier Becht). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 29 September 2021 (28th sitting).
Assembly recalls its Resolution
“Research policies and environment protection” and stresses
the major geostrategic importance of research and innovation in
the areas of the green economy, and in particular the areas of energy
transition and the circular economy.
2. The economic and strategic stakes behind technological progress
may create a barrier to international co-operation in these domains.
However, the fight against climate change is an absolutely essential
issue that concerns all Council of Europe member States, which must
contribute to finding the right solutions and be able to share them.
3. The 27 member States of the European Union are moving in this
direction, as the programme Horizon Europe and the previous Horizon
2020 clearly show, but Europe is larger and we should be able to
work together on a wider European scale (for example, through transnational
research programmes). The Council of Europe has a key role to play
in this respect, and it should open up a new avenue of co-operation
to strengthen the ties that unite us and the solidarity between
4. Therefore, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers
consider setting up a framework – an enlarged partial agreement,
for example – that would allow our countries to move forward together
by pooling ideas and research resources for targeted projects; the
Council of Europe Development Bank could be involved to provide
its expertise and help establish funding mechanisms for these joint
research projects. Within this framework, Council of Europe member
States could be encouraged to establish a bank of strategic resources
necessary for energy transition, to create reserves and manage them
in a mutually beneficial way, with a view to strengthening the strategic
independence of all our countries.