Areas of cooperation with particular development potential include research, education and maritime affairs. For a country of 4.6 million people, New Zealand has a fairly strong link with the EU and its Member States in the areas of research, innovation and education. The innovation systems of the EU and New Zealand are consistent and some of the main priorities of publicly funded research in the EU and New Zealand are the same. The number of New Zealand participations in the EU`s research and technology development framework programmes has increased considerably since the signing of the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2009. While fewer than 30 New Zealand participants participated in PC 6 (2002-2006), approximately 230 participants participated in PC 7 (2007-2013), including the Marie Skodowska-Curie Mobility Program and Joint Food Research, agriculture and fisheries, biotechnology, information and communications technologies and health (European Commission 2013). The EU`s current research and innovation programme “Horizon 2020” (2014-2020), which also includes public-public partnership networks, should strengthen New Zealand`s participation, particularly in light of New Zealand`s expertise and lack of interest in other areas such as renewable energy, sustainable structures, sustainable urban development and research in Antarctica (see European Commission 2016c : 33-34). Considering that New Zealand has good relations with a number of partners closest to the European Union, in particular with Australia and the United States, notes in this regard the Wellington Declaration of 2010 on the creation of a strategic partnership framework between New Zealand and the United States, as well as in the Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (ERC) signed with Australia in 1983; whereas New Zealand is a supporter of green production, particularly food production, and has promoted global climate agreements under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the implementation of the COP21 Paris Agreement and effective climate change measures from all developed and major developing countries emitting , including pioneering work in establishing a national emissions trading system; This was replaced in 2007 by the Joint Declaration on Relations and Cooperation, an updated political declaration that governs and guides activities between the two partners. The declaration contains a detailed agenda for the EU and New Zealand in areas such as global and regional security, the fight against terrorism and human rights, development and economic cooperation, trade, climate change, science and technology.