On February, 14 2012, Mr Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland was received by Dilma Roussef, President of Brazil, with the second largest ever official delegation sent from Finland to anywhere in the world. They talked about strengthening bilateral cooperation on science, technology, innovation and education.
On Education, Mr Katainen assumed the commitment of providing better access to institutions and research centers in Finland, to students and researchers under the Brazilian national program Science without Borders. Representatives from the Brazilian national institutions that coordinate the program will sign an agreement that adds Finland to the program. It has also been agreed on adding the entrepreneurial sector to the educational opportunity in order to qualify workers already in the job market.
It the press release by the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, it is said that in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation on environmental issues, the countries are structuring a Memorandum of Understanding.
The bilateral diplomatic relations between Brazil and Finland has in records 6 (six) bilateral treaties, from which two are not valid. The existing agreements are as follows:
- Agreement on Economic and Industrial Cooperation – celebrated in 1981 and put into force in 1983
- Agreement on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation – celebrated in 1988 and put into force in 1990
- Agreement to avoid double taxation and to prevent tax evasion on matters of income taxes – celebrated in 1996 and put into force in 1997
- Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Areas of Climate Change and the Development and Execution of Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism from the Kyoto Protocol – celebrated and put into force in 1997
It is important that private sector, civil society and other interests groups follow up on these governmental agreements. They are important instruments and subsidies for project development initiated by institutions other than governmental agencies.