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11.01.2001

1. Further BSE safeguard measures to be introduced at EU level?

Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Zdrowia i Ochrony Konsumentów, David Byrne, ostrzegł, że zostaną wprowadzone w Unii środki zabezpieczające przeciwko BSE, jeśli Państwa Członkowskie nie zdołają zapewnić bezpieczeństwa konsumentów.


2. Integrated machine vision conference

Konferencja poświęcona zintegrowanemu widzeniu maszyn (Integrated Machine Vision - IMV), wspierana przez Program Komisji Europejskiej - Społeczeństwo Informacyjne i mająca na celu połączyć organizacje z różnych państw Unii Europejskiej i reprezentantów projektów wspieranych przez Unię, odbędzie się w Budapeszcie 29 i 30 stycznia 2001.


3. Prodi calls for research into impact of NATO weapons on soldiers' health

Prezydent Komisji Europejskiej Romano Prodi wezwał do badań nad efektami wpływu broni NATO na żołnierzy, którzy służyli na Bałkanach i na lokalną ludność.


4. Information Society DG reveals priority research areas for 2001

Komisja Europejska ogłosiła dziedziny, w których zamierza ogłosić konkursy ofert w ramach programu Społeczeństwo Informacyjne, w 2001 roku.


5. Clarifying 2001 IST calls in Luxembourg

Szczegóły dotyczące nadchodzących akcji edukacyjnych i treningowych, dostępnych w 2001 roku w ramach programu Społeczeństwo Informacyjne (IST), były tematem dnia informacyjnego w Luxemburgu, 10 stycznia.


6. Commission promotes safer use of the Internet

Komisja Europejska ogłosiła konkurs na projekty demostrujące oprogramowanie i usługi filtrujące, w ramach planu mającego promować bezpieczniejsze użycie Internetu.


7. IPTS special issue on ethics and research evaluation now available

"Etyka badawcza i ocena badań" jest tematem specjalnego punktu raportu IPTS, opracowanego przez Instytut Przyszłościowych Studiów Technologicznych Wspólnotowego Centrum Badawczego.


8. Poland hosts international colorectal symposium

Drugi oddział chirurgiczny Wojkowej Akademii Medycznej w Łodzi, organizuje następne Międzynarodowe sympozjum w Gdyni od 20 do 22 czerwca 2001.


9. IPR and LIFT info day

26 stycznia w Luxemburgu odbędzie się dzień informacyjny na temat konkursu projektów na akcje uświadamiające i wspierające w dziedzinach Praw Własności Intelektualnej (IPR) oraz Łączenia Innowacji, Finansów i Technologii (LIFT).

10. Calling experts in molecular spectroscopy...

56 Międzynarodowe Sympozjum Spektroskopii Molekularnej Uniwersytetu Stanowego Ohio, jest planowane od 11 do 14 czerwca w Columbus, w Ohio.




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1. Further BSE safeguard measures to be introduced at EU level?

Record Control Number : 16061

Date : 2001-01-04

Category : General policy

General Information :

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne has warned that a Community safeguard measure against BSE will be introduced if Member States fail to ensure consumer protection.

The comments accompanied a call on Germany by Commissioner Byrne to withdraw from all EU and third country markets all products containing potentially dangerous materials.

Mr Byrne insisted that any meat products identified by the German authorities as potentially containing materials presenting a health risk, must be withdrawn from circulation not only in Germany itself, but from export markets as well.

'My overriding concern is that consumers in other Member States are afforded an equal level of protection as consumers in Germany. If this cannot be achieved through the efforts of the Federal Authorities and the industries concerned, the Commission will be compelled to introduce a Community safeguard measure requiring the withdrawal of potentially contaminated products throughout the EU,' David Byrne cautioned.

Commissioner Byrne asked the German authorities to notify other Member States immediately of measures being taken at national level. He made particular reference to the Germany's voluntary recalling of food products produced before 1 October 2000 containing mechanically recovered meat, saying: 'I welcome these precautionary measures but I insist that they must apply also to all meat products and meat preparations exported to all other Member States and to third countries.'

Meanwhile in France on 2 January, an ambitious programme was launched to test the 20,000 cows over 30 months slaughtered each week. The tests have begun six months ahead of the EU deadline, agreed by the Agriculture Council in November 2000.

Data Source Provider : European Commission

Document Reference : Based on a press release from the Health and Consumer Protection DG and additional information in the daily press

Subject Index Codes : Agriculture, Food, Social Aspects


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2. Integrated machine vision conference

Record Control Number : 16064

Date : 2001-01-04

Category : Event

General Information :

A conference on integrated machine vision (IMV) , supported by the European Commission's Information Society DG and aimed at bringing together organisations from associated states and representatives from EU-supported projects, will be held in Budapest, Hungary on 29 to 30 January 2001.

Representatives from the European Commission as well as from industry will be attending the event, where sessions on take-up measures and RTD measures of the IST Programme, part of the European Commission's Fifth Framework programme and the EUTIST-IMV thematic cluster of integrated machine vision trials will take place. A partnering session will also be held, where it is hoped that future collaborations will be formed, eventually resulting in new IST Programme projects.

Remarks :

The deadline for registration and for entry into the cooperation catalogue is 15.01.2001

Data Source Provider : European Commission, Information Society DG

Document Reference : Based on an event announcement by Information Society DG

Subject Index Codes : Industrial Manufacture, Information Processing, Information Systems, Innovation, Technology Transfer

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Dietmar Starke
CiS Institut fr Mikrosensorik gGmbH Erfurt, Germany
Tel: +49 361 4205 174
Fax: +49 361 4205 176
E-mail: dstarke@cismst.de


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3. Prodi calls for research into impact of NATO weapons on soldiers' health

Record Control Number : 16075

Date : 2001-01-08

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission has called for research into the effects of NATO weapons on soldiers who served in the Balkans, and on the local population.

Concern relates to the effects of depleted uranium, which was used in anti-tank weapons in the conflict. On 4 January, a spokesman for the European Union announced that an inquiry would be carried out.

'The Commission must ascertain the truth, concerning not just our soldiers but also those who were living alongside them,' Romano Prodi said.

On 5 January, Mr Prodi added to this statement, saying that: 'together with public authorities, international organisations and others, we will play our part with the greatest care and sense of urgency in collecting and analysing all relevant information on the situation in the region. I have therefore asked Commission services to coordinate our assistance programmes and contact local authorities to provide any necessary help in monitoring the health and environmental situation on the ground.'

Swedish Minister of Defence, Björn von Sydow, speaking on behalf of the Swedish presidency, has supported Romano Prodi's statement, saying: 'It is important that we act. I welcome a discussion about the Belgian proposal to set up a medical working group within the EU.'

This deluge of statements comes after a call for action by the Italian government on 3 January, the latest European country to request that NATO investigate a possible 'Balkan syndrome'. The call followed the death of a sixth Italian soldier. France, having disclosed that four soldiers are suffering from leukaemia, has also joined with the Portuguese and Belgian governments in requesting an investigation into the high rate of cancer deaths and illnesses among soldiers who served in the Bosnian and Kosovan conflicts.

NATO has agreed to help member countries investigate any link between the weapons and illness, but no scientific evidence has yet been found.

Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon has denied the link between depleted uranium and illness following deployment in war zones: 'We have studied depleted uranium at considerable length over the years because of assertions it might contribute to Gulf War illnesses. We have not been able to find any connection to exposure to depleted uranium and the constellation of illnesses or symptoms included in Gulf War syndrome.'

Data Source Provider : European Commission and Swedish Presidency

Document Reference : Based on information from the European Commission and the Swedish government

Programme Acronym : PRESIDENCY-SE

Subject Index Codes : Medicine, Health, Safety, Radiation Protection, Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research


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4. Information Society DG reveals priority research areas for 2001

Record Control Number : 16076

Date : 2001-01-08

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European commission's Information Society DG has announced those areas in which it intends to issue calls for tenders during 2001.

Calls for tenders will be launched in some or all of the following areas:

- Telecommunications regulatory framework, in particular, studies related to:

- regulatory implications of the introduction of new technologies and other new developments in electronic communication networks;
- caller location in mobile networks;
identification of relevant markets for application of Article 14 of the proposed Directive on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services:
- interoperability, service diversity and business models in digital broadcasting markets:
- proportionality of general interest criteria in communications markets;
- two annual surveys of telecommunications services indicators with a two-year rolling contract, 2001 to 2002;
- input to review of universal service obligations as required by new regulatory framework;
- generating appropriate Internet indicators and metrics 2001 to 2002;
- regulations and market developments regarding directory services in the EU and EEA Member States;
-tariff trends for public voice telephony, leased lines and mobile services (15 Member States plus US and Japan)
- prices and price models for Internet access services in the EU (1998 to 2001) law and practice on rights of way in the EU Member States;
- possibility of choice in the telecommunications market;
- financial reporting and cost accounting by the SMP operators in the EU;
- information on the use of the radio spectrum;
- preparation of WRC 03
- assessment of the licensing processes of 3G services in the European Union
- the concept, structure and process relating to the 'at large' membership of ICANN ) Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers) ;
- monitor progress in the candidate countries towards integration with the EU internal telecommunications market and produce regular status reports;
- regulatory reform and the expansion of markets within Africa;
- study on electronic signatures.
- Developments in the telecommunication and information technology industry and markets, in particular, studies related to:

- study on minimal requirement for e-markets;
- study on the deployment potential of new interoperable telecommunications applications and services with a high social and business value in the candidate and EEA countries.

-eEurope follow-up and benchmarking, in particular, studies related to:

- market and technological trends in the information security market in Europe;
- Internet access costs;
- government and citizen's use of Internet;
- European digital content for the global network;
- use of the Internet in key areas, e.g. education, health, industry;
- best practice for eEurope.

-Multimedia content, tools and markets, in particular, studies related to:

- easing the administrative burden for business by eGovernment applications;
- integrated data systems for better public sector information services to citizens and businesses;
- emerging and future research needs and supporting centres of competence for cultural and scientific content;
- national and regional approaches towards research initiatives and agendas for culture, arts and entertainment;
- reference models for digitisation practices and coordination;
- social and economic inclusiveness: role of cultural and memory organisations (archives, libraries, museums) ;
- globalisation of European digital content - progress and prospects:
- reference models for the linguistic and cultural customisation of digital content;
- a European portal for the globalisation industry;
- semantic web scenarios: user scenarios and applications for the semantic web development;
- future perspectives for a safer Internet (illegal and harmful content) .

- Issues related to the information society related technologies RTD programmes, in particular, studies related to:

- awareness and opinions on IST;
- existing infrastructures and projection of future needs for advanced research in quantum computing, nanoscale information systems, intelligent environments and virtual presence;
- costed proposals for upgrading Europe's research networks to 100 Gbit/s;
- technology roadmaps in preparation of the IST specific programme proposal under FP6;
- electronic transaction systems for administering the life cycle of publicly-funded research projects;
- case studies of 'high-impact' projects in the ICI area;
- tasks supporting the IST programme annual monitoring exercise:
- tasks supporting FP6 ex ante evaluation;
- IST programme: derivation of impact indicators.

Remarks :

Provisional date for initiating award procedures: Between March and September 2001.

Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the reference below.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities

Document Reference : OJ No 4 of 06.01 2001, p.43

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST

Subject Index Codes : Telecommunications, Information Processing, Information Systems, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research, Information, Media


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5. Clarifying 2001 IST calls in Luxembourg

Record Control Number : 16077

Date : 2001-01-08

Category : Event

General Information :

Details on the forthcoming educating and training actions available in 2001 under the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) programme will be the focus of an information day in Luxembourg on 10 January.

The specific areas that will be covered are 'self learning' which will be launched on 15 January, 'eLearning futures' also launched on 15 January and eLearning for European youth in the digital age' which will be launched 15 June.

The information day will aim to clarify the basis and context and content of the three calls, as well as to provide an opportunity for potential proposers to meet with partners. Members of the European Commission will also be available to answer any questions.

Remarks :

The meeting will take place at the following address:

Room M2
Jean Monnet
Rue Alcide de Gasperi
Kirchberg
Luxembourg

Data Source Provider : UKISHELP

Document Reference : GOVT

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media, Coordination, Cooperation

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Michel Brochard
E-mail: michel.brochard@cec.eu.int
URL: http://www.proacte.com/meetings


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6. Commission promotes safer use of the Internet

Record Control Number : 16078

Date : 2001-01-08

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for projects to demonstrate filtering software and services in the framework of the action plan on promoting safer use of the Internet.

The measures will focus on demonstrating the potential and the limitations of filtering and rating systems in a real world environment, with the objective of encouraging establishment of systems suitable for European use and familiarising users with their use.

This call is intended in particular to encourage proposals for 'close-to-market' solutions. Emphasis will be placed on usefulness and practicality in 'real-world' situations involving a large cross-section of typical users.

Examples of areas which could form part of a project are:
- 'walled gardens' - services offering limited access to content selected as being particularly suitable for a defined age group;
- adaptation of existing software to cover new languages;
- 'family friendly' searching;
- third-party supply of templates and lists for use in combination with filtering options built into browsers from commercial or non-commercial, values-oriented organisations;
- benchmarking of filtering software and services (evaluation of the effectiveness of different filtering/blocking tools in the European context) .

Remarks :

The deadline for submitting tender documents is 31.05.2001.

Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the reference below.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities

Document Reference : OJ No C345 of 02.12.2000, p. 13

Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General for the Information Society
EUFO 1260
L-2920 Luxembourg
Fax +352 4301 34079
E-mail: iap@cec.eu.int


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7. IPTS special issue on ethics and research evaluation now available

Record Control Number : 16080

Date : 2001-01-08

Category : Publication

General Information :

'Research ethics and RTD evaluation' is the subject of a special issue of the IPTS report, produced by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for prospective technological studies.

'Ethics and evaluation are integral parts of science management and science policy,' write the report editors. 'The current political pressure for public accountability in research and the far reaching impacts and controversies generated by research...brought about changes that facilitate increased stakeholder involvement and a possible rapprochement of the scientific community with the general public.'

Papers on the following topics are presented in the report:

- Ethical issue in research evaluation;

- Ethics; RTD and evaluation;

- Evaluation in science: an antidote to impunity;

- Results oriented management : a new ethical context for research evaluation;

- Food and agriculture biotechnology: ethical issues behind research policy choices;

- Medical uses of gene technology: ethical and social concerns.

Data Source Provider : IPTS

Document Reference : IPTS report No 50, December 2000.

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media

Contact Person : For a copy of the report (priced 5 euro) , please contact:

The European science and technology observatory network (ESTO)
IPTS -JRC
European Commission
W.T.C. Isla de la Cartuja s/n
E-41092, Sevilla
Spain
Tel. +34-95-4488297; Fax +34-95-4488293
E-mail: ipts_secr@jrc.es


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8. Poland hosts international colorectal symposium

Record Control Number : 16102

Date : 2001-01-11

Category : Event

General Information :

The second surgical department of the Military medical university of Lodz in Poland is organising the next International colorectal symposium in Gdynia (by Gdansk) from 20 to 22 June 2001.

Recognised professionals in colorectal surgery from Britain, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the USA and Japan will present lectures.

The last colorectal symposium in 1999 attracted some 500 participants from 13 countries. This year, the organisers hope to transform the meeting into the main pan-European colorectal scientific event held in Central and Eastern Europe.

Data Source Provider : Military medical University of Lodz

Document Reference : Event announcement

Subject Index Codes : Life Sciences, Medicine, Health

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

President of Organising Committee
Adam Dziki MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
E-mail: dodo@pdi.net

or,

Main organising officer
Radoslaw Zajdel MD
E-mail: zajdel@pdi.net

2nd Surgical Department
Military Medical Academy
Tel. +48-601-344272; Fax +48-42-6899595
Narciarska 24/5
94-101 Lodz
Poland
E-mail: ics@toya.net.pl
URL: http://ics.toya.net.pl


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9. IPR and LIFT info day

Record Control Number : 16099

Date : 2001-01-11

Category : Event

General Information :

An information day on the calls for proposals for awareness and assistance actions in the fields of intellectual property rights (IPR) and LIFT (linking innovation, finance and technology) will take place on 26 January in Luxembourg.

A presentation of the calls and responses to frequently asked questions will take place at the event.

Remarks :

Please confirm attendance by 23 January 2001.

Data Source Provider : European Commission

Document Reference : Based on an event announcement

Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Information, Media

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Ms Martine Mossay-Pirotte
DG ENTR/C/3
Fax: +352-4301-23779
E-mail: martine.mossay-pirrotte@cec.eu.int

The event will take place at the following location:

European Commission
Jean Monnet Building
Rue Alcide de Gasperi
Kirchberg
Luxembourg


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10. Calling experts in molecular spectroscopy...

Record Control Number : 16103

Date : 2001-01-11

Category : Event

General Information :

The 56th Ohio state university international symposium on molecular spectroscopy is scheduled from 11 to 14 June 2001 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Speakers from around the world have already confirmed their attendance at the event. The organisers are now calling for abstracts for paper related to the following session categories to be presented during the symposium:

- electronic (large molecules) ;
- electronic (small molecules)
- theory (quantum calculations)
- theory (other)
- infrared;
- raman;
- microwave;
- jet and beam spectra;
- radicals and ions;
- matrix;
- condensed phase;
- mini-symposium: spectroscopy/dynamics;
- mini-symposium: freeware;
- mini-symposium: clusters containing water.

Remarks :

The deadline for receipt of abstracts Is 1 March 2001.

Data Source Provider : Ohio State University

Document Reference : Event announcement and call for abstracts

Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Terry A, miller
International symposium on molecular spectroscopy
The Ohio State University
120 W.16th Ave.
Columbus, PH 43210
URL: http://molspect.mps.ohio-state.edu/symposium/


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