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    UKRO - European RTD Insight

    British Council on-line bulletin

    News on EU Research Policy and Programmes

Issue: EI 01:02 February 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EU POLICY ............................................................................................................ 2 New System for the Promotion and Appraisal of Commission Staff .................... 2

    UK Response to Commission ERA Communication ........................................... 2 Parliament Rapporteur for FP6 Nominated ......................................................... 3 EP Committee on Human Genetics .................................................................... 3 European Health Forum Call for Submission of Views .................................... 3

    New Head of EMEA ........................................................................................... 4 6th Environmental Action Plan Presented .......................................................... 4 Community Framework for Co-operation in Marine Pollution .............................. 5 Revision of Bathing Water Directive ................................................................... 5 Candidate Countries to Join the European Environment Agency........................ 6

    New Community Action Programme on Gender Equality ................................... 6

    EU-US Summit ................................................................................................... 7 Multi-Annual Programme for SMEs .................................................................... 7 RESEARCH NEWS ............................................................................................... 7 Annual Report on RTD Activities ........................................................................ 7 Swedish Presidency Research and Innovation Service on CORDIS .................. 8

    EC Scientific Committee on BSE Fears .............................................................. 8 Europe‟s Satellites to Track Climate Changes .................................................... 8

    EU Funding for the Next Generation of the Web ................................................ 8 Sweden Moves Quickly on 3G ........................................................................... 9 New DAPHNE Projects to be Launched ............................................................. 9 Science Shops Project ....................................................................................... 10 EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CULTURE ............................................................. 10 European Year of Languages An Update ........................................................ 10

    Culture 2000 Results .......................................................................................... 11 New Audio-Visual Programme Web Site ............................................................ 11 EXTERNAL COLLABORATION ............................................................................. 11 EU-US Fusion Co-operation Agreement............................................................. 11 New Malaria Vaccines ........................................................................................ 12 European Assistance in Galapagos Clean-Up .................................................... 12 EU-Russian Space Co-operation ....................................................................... 12 EuropeAid Co-operation Office ........................................................................... 13 NEW PUBLICATIONS and ON-LINE RESOURCES .............................................. 13

    ERA on CORDIS ................................................................................................ 13 Council Agendas ................................................................................................ 13 ESF Research Activities 2001 ............................................................................ 13 New Business Start-Up Guide ............................................................................ 14 New Information Network on Energy Efficiency .................................................. 14 New Reports on Education in Europe ................................................................. 14 Internet Roadmap for Tourism ............................................................................ 14 The TACIS Programme Annual Report .............................................................. 15 Cordis ................................................................................................................ 15 EUR-Lex (Official Journal C and L Series) ......................................................... 15

Europa ............................................................................................................... 15

    Rapid ................................................................................................................. 15

    GLOSSARY ........................................................................................................... 16

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EU POLICY

    New System for the Promotion and Appraisal of Commission Staff

    The EC has introduced a new system for the performance appraisal of its senior staff and additional measures to improve its appointment procedures. The measures include bi-annual appraisals of Director-Generals and Directors as well as a re-organisation of procedures for selection and appointment to these posts. Before taking up such posts, applicants will have to undertake a compulsory management training programme and will be appointed on a probationary period of one year. In addition, all such senior staff will be appointed for a maximum period of five years, after which, they will be expected to move to another post at the same level within the EC.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Commission Press Release IP/00/1539 of 22/12/00

    available from http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh

UK Response to Commission ERA Communication

    The UK Office of Science and Technology has submitted a paper to DG Research, outlining the UK views on the EC Communication „Making a Reality of the European Research Area: Guidelines for EU Research Activities (2002-2006)‟. The principal

    points included in the UK paper are:

    ; Focusing funding on a limited number of key sectors where Europe needs to

    compete on the world stage

    ; Increased innovation in particular, facilitation of the exchange of national and

    regional best practice in innovation and effective innovation support networks

    bringing together all of the relevant players should be encouraged. ; Increasing mobility funding

    ; Improving the management of the FP

    ; New modalities The UK would like to see further development of the

    Commission proposals for networks of excellence and large-scale targeted

    projects

    ; Infrastructures The UK welcomes proposals to extend access provisions.

    However, it views that the long-term investment decisions involved are better

    made by host countries, which in turn are best placed to lead the process of co-

    operation with other user countries.

    ; The outward face of European research the UK views that this is not covered

    adequately in the EC paper.

    ; The FP and other Lisbon goals the UK views the Lisbon goals of

    benchmarking and mapping excellence to be particularly important in spreading

    good practice between Member States.

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The Governments of the other Member States and states associated with the FP th FP to the EC. Copies of these have also submitted their views on ERA and the 6

    submissions can be accessed on the CORDIS web site.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    A copy of the UK paper can be downloaded from the OST web site at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/ostinternational/eu_rtd_d/src/fp6/index.html

    Responses from the other countries can be accessed at:

    http://cordis.lu/rtd2002/fp-debate/fp-debate.htm

Parliament Rapporteur for FP6 Nominated

    The EP has nominated the French Socialist MEP Gérard Caudron as the rapporteur for the discussions on the Sixth FP. M Caudron is a former lecturer in business management and has been an MEP for since 1989. He was founder of the “Citizen for Europe” association in 1989 and Chair of the EP‟s delegation for relations with Israel since 1989. He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

    The Dutch Liberal MEP Elly Plooij Van Gorsel had acted as rapporteur for the two previous papers on the FP and ERA.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Additional information on the background and interests of Gerard Caudron can be found at http://www.citoyendeurope.org/divers/homepagea.htm

EP Committee on Human Genetics

The first, informal meeting of the EP's ad hoc Committee on genetic engineering

    and other new technologies in modern medicine met recently to agree how its activities were to be organised. Robert Goebbels (Socialist Group, Luxembourg) was elected Committee President and Francesco Fiori (Christian Democrat Group, Italy) rapporteur for the proceedings.

    The Committee‟s work will mainly involve developing a comprehensive catalogue of new and potential genetic engineering developments and their uses, and is expected to produce a report by mid-November 2001. The Committee is also called upon to probe ethical, legal, economic and social issues and issue recommendations and guidelines in the light of public interest.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    The Temporary Committee on the Human Genetics‟ web page can be found at

    http://www.europarl.eu.int/committees/genetics_home.htm

European Health Forum Call for Submission of Views

    The EC has recently announced that it intends to set up a European Health Forum as a constituent element of its health strategy. This Health Forum would be an information and consultation mechanism to ensure that the aims of the Community‟s health strategy and how they are being implemented are made

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    clear to the public. It will allow health professionals, patient representative bodies, health service providers and other stakeholders to have an opportunity to make a contribution to the development of health policy and the setting and implementation of future priorities.

    In order to prepare the establishment of the Forum and to aid decisions on its remit, the EC is currently inviting interested parties to submit their views on some specific issues. These issues concern in particular:

; The purpose and scope of the Forum

    ; The proposed organisational structure

    ; The composition of the Forum

    ; The practical arrangements for the Forum‟s operation

    FURTHER INFORMATION: Full details of the consultation are given on the DG Health and Consumer Protection web site at

    http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/key_doc/ehf_call_en.html Interested parties

    should submit their views by 15 February 2001, to European Commission, DG SANCO/G/1, EUFO 3174, L-2920, Luxembourg, tel +352 4301 32704; fax +352 4301 33539; e-mail suzanne.haesen@cec.eu.int

New Head of EMEA

    Europe's Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA), the equivalent of the US Food & Drug Administration, has appointed a Swede, Professor Thomas Lönngren, as its new executive director following the resignation of Professor André Broekmans.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    EMEA Press Release EMEA/MB/056/00 of 21/12/00, available from

    http://www.eudra.org/gendocs/PDFs/MB_PR/005600en.pdf

6th Environmental Action Plan Presented

    The EC has presented the proposal for the next Environmental Action Programme (EAP), the strategy that outlines the EU‟s priorities for action on the environment for the next five to ten years. The new programme builds on a th EAP that had presented a mixed consultation and an assessment of the 5

    picture of the effectiveness of environmental policy in the EU, criticising deficient implementation by Member States and a weak ownership of environmental objectives by stakeholders.

    The new Action Programme aims to adopt what the EC has called a more „strategic‟ approach, focussing on ensuring implementation of EU legislation, integrating the environment dimension in all relevant policy areas and working closely with stakeholders.

The EAP presents four priority areas:

; Climate change: primarily addressing the Kyoto agreements

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    ; Nature and biodiversity: seeking to forestall threats to the survival of many

    species and their habitats

    ; Environment and health: aiming to develop a more holistic policy approach to

    the effects of environmental pollution on human health

    ; Sustainable use of natural resources and waste: calling for increased

    resource efficiency and a de-coupling of waste generation from economic

    growth

     th EAP recognises the Crucially, and unlike previous programmes, the 6

    importance of sound scientific assessments for the development, deployment and evaluation of environmental legislation.

    The proposal has now been forwarded to the Council of Ministers and the EP for approval.

FURTHER INFORMATION: thThe full text of the 6 EAP and an Executive Summary are available from

     http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/newprg/

Community Framework for Co-operation in Marine Pollution

    Details of a new Community Framework for co-operation in the field of accidental or deliberate marine pollution are now available. The aim of the Framework is to:

    ; Support the efforts of Member States for the protection of the marine

    environment, coastlines and human health against the risks of accidental or

    deliberate pollution at sea

    ; To contribute to improving the capabilities of Member States in response to

    incidents involving spills or imminent threats of spills of oil or other harmful

    substances at sea and also to contribute to the prevention of the risks of the

    above

    ; To strengthen and facilitate co-operation between Member States in this field ; To promote co-operation amongst Member States in order to provide for

    compensation for damage

    The Framework will run from 2000-2006 with a budget of 7M Euro. A three-year rolling plan of priorities will be implemented.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    OJ L332 of 28/12/00, available from

    http://www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/oj/2000/l_33220001228en.html

Revision of Bathing Water Directive

    The EC has launched a broad consultation exercise on the revision of the 25 year old Bathing Water Directive. A new Communication on "Developing a New Bathing Water Policy" provides an outline of the expected contents and implications of a revised Directive, which would seek to maintain, even toughen the standards of the existing Directive.

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    The Commission seeks constructive inputs on the approaches presented in the Communication, and invites all interested and involved parties to participate in the consultation and to react to this document.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/docum/00860_en.htm

or

Mr. Bert Van Maele

    Directorate-General Environment,

    ENV.D.1 - Water protection, soil conservation and agriculture European Commission

    Avenue Beaulieu 9, office 3/133

    B-1160 Brussels

    Fax: +32/2/296 88 25

Candidate Countries to Join the European Environment Agency

    The EC has adopted a series of proposals, which will enable the thirteen candidate countries to join the European Environment Agency. The EC opened up official talks on membership of the Agency in March 2000; the talks were concluded on 9 October 2000. The EC proposals for each country will now have to be ratified by the Council of Ministers and the countries themselves in order for them to come into effect and the countries to join the Agency.

    The European Environment Agency is based in Denmark and aims to support sustainable development and to help to achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe‟s environment.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Commission Press Release IP/01/53 of 16/01/01

    available from http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh

New Community Action Programme on Gender Equality

    Details of the new Community Action Programme on Gender Equality have now been published. The Programme will run from 2001-2005 with a budget of 50M Euro. The Programme will have the following aims:

    ; To raise awareness, primarily by emphasising the Community dimension of the

    promotion of gender equality and by publicising the results of the Programme ; To analyse factors and policies relating to gender equality, including the

    collection of statistics, gender impact assessment, tools and mechanisms,

    development of indicators and benchmarks and effective dissemination of

    results

    ; Transnational co-operation between parties through the promotion of

    networking and exchange of experiences at the Community level

FURTHER INFORMATION: OJ L17/22 of 19/1/01, available from:

    http://www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/oj/2001/l_01720010119en.html

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EU-US Summit

    The EU-US science and technology partnership was discussed at the recent EU-US summit. The delegates concluded that this had lead to a strengthening in science and technology co-operation in the areas of climate change research, nanotechnology, biotechnology, e-learning and the mitigation of natural and man-made disasters. Agreements were also made to intensify scientific co-operation in the areas of non-nuclear energy and research into prions.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Reference Document DOC/00/31 of 18/12/00 available at

    http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh

Multi-Annual Programme for SMEs

    Details of the new multi-annual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship for SMEs has now been published. The Programme will run from 2001 until 2005, with a budget of 450M Euro.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

    ; Enhance the growth and competitiveness of business in the knowledge-based

    international economy

    ; Promote entrepreneurship

    ; Simplify and improve the administration and regulatory framework for business

    so that research, innovation and business creation can flourish ; Improve the financial environment for business, especially SMEs ; Provide business with easier access to Community support services,

    programmes and networks

    The first work programme setting out full details of the programme is expected to be published in the spring of 2001.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    OJ L332 of 28/12/00,

    available from http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/oj/2000/l_33320001229en.html

RESEARCH NEWS

Annual Report on RTD Activities

    The EC has published their Annual Report on EU RTD activities for the year 2000.

     The report provides an overview of developments over the last year in preparations for the Sixth FP and the ERA as well as details of the management of the current FP. Details of recent initiatives for women in Community research and ethical aspects of research are also presented. The report also provides a detailed analysis, by Key Action and by modality, of the implementation of the current Fifth FP, including statistics on success rates, average size of consortia and budgets.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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The report can be downloaded from the following web site:

    http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/research/report2000.html

Swedish Presidency Research and Innovation Service on CORDIS

    The new Research and Information service of the Swedish Presidency is now live on CORDIS. It will provide up to date information on initiatives and activities in both English and Swedish, during the six-month duration of the new Presidency. Jointly developed by CORDIS and the Swedish Ministry for Education and Science, the service will offer news, documents and a calendar of research-related events and conferences, including key events such as the special Summit in Stockholm planned in March 2001. The service also offers a better insight into research and innovation in Sweden.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    http://www.cordis.lu/sweden

    CORDIS Press Release 16057 of 3/1/2001 available from

    http://dbs.cordis.lu/news/en/home.html

EC Scientific Committee on BSE Fears

    The EU‟s Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) has published its response to questions raised by the agriculture ministers of Member States on the safety of certain bovine tissues and animal by-products that might pose a risk of BSE.

    The SSC fears that, cattle above 12 months could not be declared to be low risk even if born after the total ban on meat and bone meal, due to the incomplete implementation of the ban.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    The SSC Opinion is available from

     http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/ssc/out157_en.pdf

Europe’s Satellites to Track Climate Changes

    In July this year, an Ariane-5 launcher will send into orbit the European Space Agency‟s new environmental satellite, Envisat. Scientists will expect fresh insights from its data, into how the world is changing. The 8-tonne spacecraft will continue and extend the work of ESA‟s ERS-1 and ERS-2, which since 1991

    have established a distinctive role in watching global change, notably in the world‟s oceans and ice sheets.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    ESA‟s Envisat home page: http://envisat.esa.int/

EU Funding for the Next Generation of the Web

    The EC has awarded a contract of 9.8M Euro through the IST Programme to a consortium of researchers working on „The Grid‟, the next generation of the World

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    Wide Web. The consortium, which is led by the Swiss-based European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and also includes French, Italian, Dutch and British organisations as main partners will develop and deploy a novel distributed computing environment, specifically designed to analyse and move vast amounts of data. The project is viewed as being an ideal test case for the development of a new model of worldwide distributed computing and the natural evolution of the World Wide Web.

    One of the first challenges for the DataGrid will be to handle the mass of date generated by CERN‟s next particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider, which will start up in 2005

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    http://www.cern.ch/grid

    CORDIS Press Release 16112 of 15/1/2001 available from

    http://dbs.cordis.lu/news/en/home.html

Sweden Moves Quickly on 3G

    The Swedish Government is confident that it can have third generation (3G) mobile phone Internet services operational within three years following the auction of its radio spectrum allocations. The 3G technology will allow for faster and better mobile connection to the Internet. Swedish telecommunications agency Nils Gunnar Billinger said that the auction should lead to Sweden having the best coverage in Europe by 2004. The four winners in the auctions were Europolitan, Netcom/Tele2, HI3G Access and the Orange Sverige consortium. The move follows the adoption by the EC of a communication of the key results of the World radio communications conference 200 (WRC-2000) held in Istanbul at which the EU secured sufficient radio spectrum to make Community initiatives viable.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Commission Press Release IP/00/1429 of 20/1200 available at

    http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh

New DAPHNE Projects to be Launched

    A total of 47 projects were selected for 4.6M Euro of funding under the DAPHNE Programme following a recent call for proposals. The DAPHNE Programme provides support for innovative actions in the fight against violence against women and children.

The selected projects will:

    ; produce a common framework for analysis of violence (17 projects); ; measure the real impact of difference types of violence to establish an

    appropriate response (6 projects);

    ; assess measures and practices to prevent and detect violence, to prevent

    future exposure (17 projects);

    ; set up information campaigns to raise awareness amongst the general public

    and/or the media and/or targeted professional groups (17 projects); ; develop EU-wide information sources on the various fields of violence (6

    projects);

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    ; study aspects of violence and the means of its prevention (8 projects); ; improve recognition, reporting and management of the consequences of

    violence (17 projects).

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Commission Press Release IP/00/1496 of 20/12/00

    available from http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh The Press

    Release also contains details of the specific aims of some of the projects.

Science Shops Project

    The EC, through the IHP Programme, has provided funding for a consortium of nine universities and research institutions to set up a network of science shops. Science shops attempt to create access to science, knowledge and technology for social groupings that would not or could not ordinarily interact with these disciplines. The network, which includes partners from the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Romania, Austria, Israel, South Africa and the USA, has the objective of facilitating greater access to scientific information and stimulating co-operation between science shops. As part of the project the network held a conference in Leuven, Belgium in late January providing delegates with detailed information on how to start or support a successful science shop.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    http://www.bio.uu.nl/living-knowledge/

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CULTURE

European Year of Languages An Update

    The EC has selected the first batch of projects for funding under the European Year of Languages. Forty-three projects were selected for Commission funding of 1.7M Euro. The projects cover all 11 official languages of the EU, as well as, Icelandic, Norwegian, Irish, Luxembourgish, sign language and some other lesser-used languages.

    As part of the Year of Languages, the EC will also be organising a number of European initiatives, including an information campaign, the setting up of an interactive Internet site, European competitions, a European Day of Languages (26 September 2001) and a European Adult Language Learners Week (5-11 May 2001).

    It has also been announced that Sir Trevor McDonald will be the President of the UK national committee for co-ordinating events for the European Year of Languages. The UK programme was officially launched at a conference held in Bridlington on 3 January. The official European launch of the European Year of Languages 2001 will take place in Lund, Sweden on 18 - 20 February 2001

FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Commission Press Release IP/01/5 of 9/1/01 available at

     http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh

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