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On 4 May Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General at DG Research and Innovation, together with Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General at DG International Partnerships, opened a kick-off event and launched the Advisory Group.

Maria Cristina Russo, Director Global Approach & International Partnerships in DG Research and Innovation moderated and welcomed the group of six high-level experts from Africa and Europe who will assist the European Commission with advice on how to best boost the potential of research and innovation for Africa-Europe cooperation.