Bar-On and Rateizek shaking hands after signing memo 370.
(photo credit: courtesy of Science Ministry)
Israel, through the Science, Technology and Space Ministry, signed a memorandum
of understanding on Tuesday with Poland in the first-ever scientific cooperation
effort between the two countries.
The agreement will take effect at the
beginning of 2014.
The signatories were ministry Director-General Bina
Bar-On and Poland’s deputy science and education minister, Prof. Mark Rateizek.
The president of Poland is currently visiting Israel.
The ministry said
that in recent years Poland had made impressive advancements in scientific
research and development.
The government in Warsaw has overseen 60
percent of the country’s national allocations for research and development – one
of the highest rates in the world.
Science, Technology and Space Minister
Yaakov Peri invited Polish science officials to Israel during his June visit to
Warsaw, where it was decided to deepen the scientific relationship between the
two countries and prepare an agreement.