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01.02.2001

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

1. FP6 must be more inclusive, says Irish paper

The encouragement of SME participation in the EU's RTD programmes, enhancing Europe's competitiveness and making the programmes more inclusive are some of the priorities highlighted in the Irish position paper on the Sixth Framework programme.

2. Age limit for BSE testing to be lowered still further?

Speaking to the European Parliament on 23 January, David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection questioned whether the age limit of cattle for BSE testing should be reduced from the current requirement of 30 months.

3. The Commission's Annual report for 2000 is now on-line

The entire annual report of the European Union's research and technological development activities in 2000 is now available to download on-line.

4. 971 million euro to deal with BSE crisis

In the European Commission's first 2001 supplementary and amending budget (SAB) , Budget Commissioners Michaele Schreyer has announced plans to free up a further 971 million euro to tackle the BSE crisis through market support, the destruction of animals older than thirty months and extra co-financing for BSE tests.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty konferencje

1. Green electr(on)ics workshop comes to Brussels

An Ecolife workshop, funded under the European Commission's Brite-Euram programme, will take place on the subject of the state of the art in ecodesign of electr(on) ic products on 5 March in Brussels.

2. Biomass for energy, industry and climate protection

The 12th European conference and technology exhibition on biomass for energy and industry is to take place in Amsterdam on 17 to 21 June 2002.

3. Commission supports first science shops conference

The European Commission is supporting the first ever conference on 'science shops', which will be held in Leuven, Belgium on 26 to 27 January. The conference is part of the SCIPAS (study and conference on improving public access to science through science shops) project, which has been funded under the Commission's Fifth Framework programme.

4. Grid workshop to show the way forward

A workshop in Brussels on 23 March will address the opportunities and challenges presented by 'the Grid', commonly seen as the next stage of the Internet's development.

5. Americas host this year's largest bioenergy conference

The Fifth biomass conference of the Americas, billed as the largest conference in 2001 dedicated to bioenergy, will be held in Orlando, Florida, from September 17 to 21 2001.

Programy Unii Europejskiej

1. IST brings research benefits to industry

As part of the drive to ensure that research results will be taken up more by industry, a project funded by the European Union's Information society technologies programme (IST) named EUTIST-IMV will be taking place in Edinburgh focusing on 'machine vision'.

2. RTD beyond 2002: a future watch service on European research

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, is offering a new service focusing on the future of European research.

3. New site to access directly pre-and post-doc research fellowships

CORDIS, the European Commission's research and development information service, offers a new gateway to all information related to fellowships and grants.

4. More information on eContent programme to stimulate use of Internet

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, offers yet more information on the site dedicated to the eContent programme.

5. More information on E-content programme to stimulate the use of Internet

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, offers yet more information on the site dedicated to the E-content programme.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

1. Preparation of an inventory of national systems to monitor safety and health at work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is calling for tenders for the preparation of an inventory on national systems to monitor safety and health at work.

2. IST programme launches another round of calls for proposals

The Information Society Technologies (IST) programme of the Commission's Fifth RTD Framework Programme (1998 to 2002) has launched another round of calls for proposals, opening up some 450 million euro of funds to the EU research community.

3. IST and Growth programmes call for proposals related to intelligent manufacturing systems

The European Commission is calling for proposals for RTD activities under the specific programmes for research, technological development and demonstration on a 'user friendly information society' and on 'competitive and sustainable growth' on intelligent manufacturing systems(IMS) .

4. IPTS report opportunity

The European Commission's Institute for prospective technological studies in Seville is calling for tenders for the production and delivery of its monthly bulletin, the 'IPTS Report'.

5. Services on IT-security

The Joint Resarch Centre has published prior information of a forthcoming call for tenders for the supply of IT services related to IT security: security audit of PC/workstations, verification of security set-up/configuration, upgrade of security patches; and intrusion prevention and detection.

6. Eurostat calls for statistical services

The European Commission's Statistical Office, Eurostat, is currently calling for tenders for statistical services in the following lots:

7. European business statistics sought

Statistical services in the field of the 'panorama of European business' are required by the European Commission's statistical office, Eurostat.

8. EESD call corrigendum

The European Commission has announced a corrigendum to the call for proposals for RTD actions under the 'energy, environment and sustainable development' programme.

9. Call for expression of interest in IPR and trade policy

The European Commission's Directorate General for trade is calling for expressions of interest in relation to supporting the Community's external trade policy in the field of intellectual property rights.

10. Call for expression of interests in ICT to promote EU trade policy

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade is calling for expressions of interest in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote European Union trade policy.




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Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

1. FP6 must be more inclusive, says Irish paper

Record Control Number : 16157

Date : 2001-01-24

Category : General policy

General Information :

The encouragement of SME participation in the EU's RTD programmes, enhancing Europe's competitiveness and making the programmes more inclusive are some of the priorities highlighted in the Irish position paper on the Sixth Framework programme.

On the whole, the Irish government's Office of science and technology is in favour of continuing with the model that the Fifth Framework programme has established, but wishes to build on this success by making certain modifications and improvements.

Ensuring that more SMEs are involved in EU research is also a top Irish priority. This should be done by reducing the bureaucracy of EU programmes and guarantee equality of opportunity and access. Every effort must also be made to 'nurture the innovative potential of SMEs'.

The importance of underpinning the competitiveness of the enterprise sector is also highlighted in the paper, particularly in the areas of advanced manufacturing, services and the knowledge-based enterprises in the 'new economy'. The reinforcement cooperation is outlined as one way of enhancing Europe's competitiveness: 'The quality of networks and alliances which facilitate the acquisition, understanding and application of knowledge to social and economic objectives is a factor in economic competitiveness. In FP6 it will be important to ensure that enterprise is adequately aware of and linked to leading-edge developments in Europe and elsewhere.'

The Irish opinion also focuses on the human aspect of research, in terms of making the EU's RTD programmes more inclusive and accessible, improving the relationship between science and society and addressing the issue of the European researcher shortage.

'Ireland considers that researcher training and mobility is a core element in the development of the European Research Area [ERA] . Therefore, the current work of the EU Commission High Level Group on Mobility is crucial in the quest to minimise and eliminate the various barriers and disincentives to researcher mobility that currently exist in Europe. An additional challenge for FP6 is to stimulate and facilitate greater mobility of researchers not only between different countries but also between the academic and business world,' states the paper.

The challenge of changing the less than attractive image of science and technology is also touched upon, and the paper stresses Europe's need for more science, technology and engineering graduates; 'The challenge is to develop an S&T (science and technology) literacy amongst the population as a whole, to stimulate more young people to study engineering, science and technology, to facilitate the uptake of research as a career by more young people and through improved life long learning and other approaches to address current skills shortages.'

In order to address this shortage, the Irish suggest supporting highly speculative research in new and emerging areas in FP6, which they believe would encourage more young researchers. Innovative ways of addressing existing research topics also need to be found, the paper states.

In addition to encouraging further participation by SMEs in the Commission's RTD programmes, the opinion also takes up the under representation of women in the programmes, which is described as a 'loss for women, society and science'. Continuing with participation targets for women is suggested.

'We feel that there is a need for a mix of actions at national and community level to raise awareness and familiarise the citizen with science issues', the paper continues. One suggestion of how to deal with this is a statement by each EU funded RTD project team, aimed at the general public, to explain the project.

The creation of a European biotechnology information centre is also proposed, as a way of dealing with the current biotechnology debate in an open, transparent and inclusive fashion.

In terms of specific research priorities, the Irish paper draws attention to the competitiveness of materials, advanced manufacturing and services and proposes the introduction of a green technologies programme, the knowledge economy and the citizen, where the digital divide should be addressed, the welfare of the citizen through the faster development of new and safe medicines and closer attention to food safety research. The exploitation of biotechnology research in areas of genomics, bio-materials and nano materials is also prioritised, as is the field of environment, energy and transport. A new separate area - the sustainable development of marine resources - is proposed, who see this as vital to the well being of the European economy, quality of life and business. This area is highlighted as 'one of the areas where we can truly develop a European research ethos and partnership utilising the mechanisms proposed under FP6'.

On the subject of structuring the research programmes, the paper states that the basic concept behind FP5 should continue, but that more effort must be made to develop entrepreneurial culture. Futile projects must also be terminated in the interests of budgetary effectiveness, says the Irish office of science and technology.

Data Source Provider : Irish Office of Science & Technology

Document Reference : Based on the Ireland's 'Position Paper on Sixth Framework Programme'

Programme Acronym : ERA: FRAMEWORK 6C

Subject Index Codes : Policies, Scientific Research, Social Aspects


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2. Age limit for BSE testing to be lowered still further?

Record Control Number : 16164

Date : 2001-01-25

Category : General policy

General Information :

Speaking to the European Parliament on 23 January, David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection questioned whether the age limit of cattle for BSE testing should be reduced from the current requirement of 30 months.

The tests have already confirmed, in a matter of weeks, several Member States' complacency in their insistence that they were BSE-free, said Mr Byrne, who added that the tests over the next few weeks will be crucial in revealing the extent of BSE.

'The discovery of BSE in such young animals also raises the question of whether the age limit for testing for BSE should be reduced from the current requirement of 30 months. While it remains that cases of BSE are overwhelmingly in older animals (over 99 per cent of cases are over 30 months) we must aim to ensure that as few infected animals as possible enter the food chain. It is certainly necessary in Member States where there are weaknesses in the past implementation of the ban on meat and bone meal,' continued the Commissioner.

Mr Byrne referred to a questionnaire on implementation, which has been issued to each Member State. Replies to the survey were discussed by the Standing Veterinary Committee on 23 January, and will also be discussed at a meeting of the Chief Veterinary Officers, which is to take place in Sweden very shortly.

Referring to the Commission's role in the BSE crisis, Mr Byrne insisted that 'the Commission, in its risk management role, will have to respond to [the Scientific Steering Committee opinion] in a manner which is both responsible and proportionate. In the present circumstances, this is not an easy task. I am urgently reviewing our options in this respect,' said Commissioner Byrne.

Data Source Provider : Rapid

Document Reference : Based on SPEECH/01/21

Subject Index Codes : Agriculture, Food, Safety


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3. The Commission's Annual report for 2000 is now on-line

Record Control Number : 16192

Date : 2001-01-31

Category : Publication

General Information :

The entire annual report of the European Union's research and technological development activities in 2000 is now available to download on-line.

The report 'takes stock of a period in which there were many new developments,' says the Commission. 'Following the European Parliament elections and the appointment of the new Commission, there has been a substantial move towards giving research policy a more political and ambitious profile as endorsed by the research Ministers.'

The report also describes the initial response to the Commission communication 'Towards a European Research Area,' published early in 2000. 'The Commission's ideas aroused considerable interest among all the parties concerned and were supported by the European Parliament and endorsed by the Lisbon European Council, which gave them operational status by setting out implementation details and a timetable,' reports the Commission.

The report also reviews the launch of the Fifth RTD Framework programme. Since the first call for proposals were launched in March 1999, over 16,000 proposals have been submitted to the Commission, according the report. 'This massive number of proposals is encouraging especially as it reflects significant participation by countries in the pre-accession phase which are now associated with the Framework programme', says the Commission.

'The Key Actions accounted for 85 per cent of the resources for the thematic programmes and made it possible to launch large-scale research partnerships (with an average Community contribution of 1. 7 million euro) with major synergies between projects,' it continues. 'Generic RTD activities and infrastructure support activities also generated large scale projects and support for researcher mobility was stepped up.' In addition, the report reveals that so far, SMEs account for 22 per cent of all participation in the Framework programme.

Special efforts were also made to encourage participation by women and comply with fundamental ethical principles, and 'to reconcile the need for consistency and administrative rigour with ease of access,' adds the Commission.

As a next step, the Fifth Framework programme's mid-term review will include an appraisal of how it can contribute to bring about the European Research Area in practical terms, and, this autumn, the Commission plans to adopt a strategic communication setting out its initial thinking on Community research after 2002.

Data Source Provider : European Commission

Document Reference : RTD Activities of the EU - 2000

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, ERA

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media

Contact Person : For a copy of the report, please visit: URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/report2000.html


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4. 971 million euro to deal with BSE crisis

Record Control Number : 16201

Date : 2001-02-01

Category : General policy

General Information :

In the European Commission's first 2001 supplementary and amending budget (SAB) , Budget Commissioners Michaele Schreyer has announced plans to free up a further 971 million euro to tackle the BSE crisis through market support, the destruction of animals older than thirty months and extra co-financing for BSE tests.

Presenting the measures, the Commissioner said: ' Now the agricultural expenditures are at the ceiling. Necessary new measures must be financed out of savings.'

The move follows the Nice European Council's pronouncement that measures proposed by the Commission should be 'in strict compliance with the financial perspective'.

According to the Commission, agricultural expenditure for 2001 now totals more than 44,000 million euro. This is 7.44 percent more than for 2000. Schreyer's proposals is 'both urgent and carefully targeted, covering only those needs directly arising from the BSE crisis and not related to any medium-term measures in the bovine sector,' says the Commission. 'The BSE crisis erupted too late last year to be incorporated into the then ongoing budget programme.

The main items covered by the proposal are additional costs decided by the Agriculture Council and related to the destruction scheme for animals older than 30 months which cannot enter the food chain (700 million euro) , market intervention of the beef meat market (238 million euro) and the co-financing of the BSE tests (33 million euro) .

The SAB will be financed from the surplus from the previous budget year, after adoption by the Council and European Parliament.

Data Source Provider : European Commission

Document Reference : DN: IP/01/143

Subject Index Codes : Food, Policies, Safety, Economic Aspects


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Wydarzenia, warsztaty konferencje

1. Green electr(on)ics workshop comes to Brussels

Record Control Number : 16160

Date : 2001-01-24

Category : Event

General Information :

An Ecolife workshop, funded under the European Commission's Brite-Euram programme, will take place on the subject of the state of the art in ecodesign of electr(on) ic products on 5 March in Brussels.

Organised by the Austrian society for systems engineering and automation, the workshop will include speeches and presentations from representatives of the European Commission's DG Enterprise and DG Environment, as well as from a number of leading private sector firms.

One of the areas the event will look at is the ability of the electr(on) ics industry to meet the demands of EU environmental legislation in the sector.

Data Source Provider : Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation

Document Reference : Based on an event announcement

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 4C, BRITE/EURAM 3

Subject Index Codes : Environmental Protection, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Bernd Kopacek
Tel: +43-1-7864603; Fax +43-1-7864603-99
E-mail: bernd.kopacek@ihrt.tuwien.ac.at
URL: http://www.ihrt.tuwien.ac.at/sat


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2. Biomass for energy, industry and climate protection

Record Control Number : 16161

Date : 2001-01-24

Category : Event

General Information :

The 12th European conference and technology exhibition on biomass for energy and industry is to take place in Amsterdam on 17 to 21 June 2002.

The conference organisers, ETA-Florence and WIP, have announced a call for papers on the following areas: biomass resources, bioenergy conversion technology systems, market implementation of bioenergy in the electricity and transportation sectors, combined bioenergy and biomass application, strategy and policy issues and biomass in the developing world.

Further details on the conference programme will be available soon.

Data Source Provider : WIP

Document Reference : Based on an event announcement by WIP

Subject Index Codes : Industrial Manufacture, Other Energy Topics, Environmental Protection

Contact Person : For more information, please consult the following websites:

URL: http://www.etaflorence.it

or

URL: http://www.wip-munich.de


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3. Commission supports first science shops conference

Record Control Number : 16174

Date : 2001-01-26

Category : Event

General Information :

The European Commission is supporting the first ever conference on 'science shops', which will be held in Leuven, Belgium on 26 to 27 January. The conference is part of the SCIPAS (study and conference on improving public access to science through science shops) project, which has been funded under the Commission's Fifth Framework programme.

Science shops aim to provide independent research support by responding to the concerns of civil society, and improve public access to and awareness of science and technology in their broadest sense.

Work on the SCIPAS project is being carried out by a consortium of participants from nine countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Romania, Austria, Israel, South Africa and the USA. Objectives include creating an international network of science shops and thus facilitating greater access to scientific information, and stimulating transnational cooperation between science shops.

The conference will examine the outcomes of SCIPAS and present practical examples of science shop projects. Workshops will cover issues such as setting up science shops, training and quality assessment. The event will end with a presentation of the EU's initiative on raising public awareness of science and technology.

Data Source Provider : European Commission and Living Knowledge

Document Reference : Based on an event announcement by Living Knowledge

Subject Index Codes : Social Aspects, Scientific Research

Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following website:

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


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4. Grid workshop to show the way forward

Record Control Number : 16202

Date : 2001-02-01

Category : Event

General Information :

A workshop in Brussels on 23 March will address the opportunities and challenges presented by 'the Grid', commonly seen as the next stage of the Internet's development.

It will include a focus on the opportunities for information society technologies research and development (IST R&D) presented by the collaboration, coordination and facilities opened up by the Grid. It will also provide information on the latest developments in the Grid in terms of the collaborative activities and the availability of research infrastructures, how strategic objectives in Europe related to the Grid can be strengthened and contribution to the planning of further actions at the European level, which may include looking at the Grid in relation to the European Union's Sixth framework programme.

The workshop will be divided up into three separate tracks so that those attending can focus on specific areas of interest.

Track one An analysis of the expectations and the reality of the Grid today

Track two A look at the experiences in the Grid's development and an identification of areas of new application, such as science and business.

Track three A view of what the Grid could mean for Europe and how it can benefit from and contribute to its development.

The event will be taking place shortly after the first global Grid form (starting on 4 March) and will use the findings of that event as an additional source of discussion.

Remarks :

Attendance is free but prior registration is necessary.

Data Source Provider : Commission

Document Reference : Based on a release from DG INFOSOC

Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Other Technology

Contact Person : For further details, please contact:

Kyriakos Baxevanidis
European Commission
DG INFSO-F2
Av. de Beaulieu 31 (Office 2/15)
B-1160 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32-2-2994016
E-mail: kyriakos.baxevanidis@cec.eu.int


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5. Americas host this year's largest bioenergy conference

Date : 2001-02-01

The Fifth biomass conference of the Americas, billed as the largest conference in 2001 dedicated to bioenergy, will be held in Orlando, Florida, from September 17 to 21 2001.

Papers are now invited on the following preliminary topics:

- Biomass resources;

- Bioenergy products;

- Integrating emerging technologies with conventional energy systems;

- Biomass products;

- Biomass refineries: the link between biobased and bioenergy products;

- Environmental and ecological impacts of bioenergy and biobased products;

- Public private partnerships;

- Social acceptability of bioenergy and biobased products;

- Policies for market development.

This is the 'sister conference' to the European conference on biomass for energy and industry. The two conferences are held on alternate years. The event is co-sponsored by NRCan and the US Department of energy and agriculture.

Remarks :

The deadline for receiving abstracts is 16 March 2001.

Data Source Provider : Mission of Canada to the EU

Document Reference : Event announcement

Subject Index Codes : Other Energy Topics

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Claude Gagné
Counsellor, Science and Technology
Conseiller, Affaires scientifiques
Mission of Canada to the EU
Mission du Canada auprčs de l'UE
Av. de Tervuren 2
B-1040 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-7410686; Fax +32-2-7410629
E-mail: claude.gagne@dfait-maeci.gc.ca


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Programy Unii Europejskiej

1. IST brings research benefits to industry

Date : 2001-01-26

As part of the drive to ensure that research results will be taken up more by industry, a project funded by the European Union's Information society technologies programme (IST) named EUTIST-IMV will be taking place in Edinburgh focusing on 'machine vision'.

EUTIST-IMV (European take up of essential information society technologies - integrated machine vision) will take place at the EPCC, a technology transfer centre based at the university of Edinburgh, Scotland and is due to run until 2003. The EPPC will be working with two European partners (Germany's CiS Institut für Mikrosensorik and Finland's Satakunta Polytechnic) on 10 industrial projects in which they will apply machine vision to various products and processes. Machine vision technology uses computers to interpret digital images of products and production processes. The participants in the programme will include manufacturers of paper, textiles, vehicles and safety glass.

A representative of EPCC said that the centre's experience of transferring research results to industry made it a natural choice for the European Commission.

Data Source Provider : University of Edinburgh

Document Reference : Based on a release

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST

Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Mark Sawyer
Technology Transfer Coordinator
EPCC
Tel. +44-131-6505030
Email: admin@epcc.ed.ac.uk
URL: http://www.automaatioseura.fi/jaostot/mvn

For information on the European Commission Information Society Technologies (IST) programme
URL: http://www.cordis.lu/ist


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2. RTD beyond 2002: a future watch service on European research

Date : 2001-01-24

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, is offering a new service focusing on the future of European research.

The new service 'RTD beyond 2002' provides central access to information related to the European Research Area (ERA) keeping users aware of the developments leading to the next Framework programme.

The service will encompass the following features:

A gateway to the ERA debate featuring

- Timely information on the European Research Area developments and actions

- Direct access to official documents from the European institutions and Member States

- Presentation of contributions to the debates, including position papers from a wide range of national and European organizations

It will also form a window on the forthcoming FP6 structure featuring

- Highlighting new priorities and policy initiatives for the next Framework Programme (2002-2006)

- Publishing stakeholders' positions

- Following strategic discussions and decision-making step by step

The service will be an invaluable source in keeping track on the formulation of future research and innovation priorities, through timely news and events coverage.

Data Source Provider : CIMS

Document Reference : Based on information from CIMS

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C

Subject Index Codes : Policies, Legislation, Regulations

Contact Person : URL: http://www.cordis.lu/rtd2002


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3. New site to access directly pre-and post-doc research fellowships

Date : 2001-01-26

CORDIS, the European Commission's research and development information service, offers a new gateway to all information related to fellowships and grants.

Part of the Fifth Framework programme (FP5) web service, this site provides direct access to research positions including Marie Curie and research training Networks grants.

This new site can prove useful for all young researchers looking to participate in European programmes.

Data Source Provider : CIMS

Document Reference : Based on information from service provider

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, HUMAN POTENTIAL

Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Education, Training

Contact Person : URL: http://www.cordis.lu/fellowships


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4. More information on eContent programme to stimulate use of Internet

Date : 2001-01-29

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, offers yet more information on the site dedicated to the eContent programme.

This gateway provides comprehensive information on the multi-annual programme (2001-2004) aimed to encourage the development and use of European digital content on world networks and promote linguistic diversity in the information society.

Users will find, inter alia, access to calls and projects, including call for experts and descriptions of selected projects following the April 2000 call for proposals. The projects are classified in the light of the three action lines: improving access to risk capital for SMEs and start-ups; demonstrating exploitation of public sector information; and facilitating linguistic and cultural customisation of digital products and services. Links to former programme results and useful information are also available.

The interface will be updated regularly to keep users posted on calls, events and news.

Data Source Provider : CIMS

Document Reference : Based on information from CIMS

Programme Acronym : MLIS, E-CONTENT

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media, Education, Training, Economic Aspects, Legislation, Regulations

Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

URL: http://www.cordis.lu/econtent


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5. More information on E-content programme to stimulate the use of Internet

Date : 2001-01-31

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service, offers yet more information on the site dedicated to the E-content programme.

This gateway provides comprehensive information on the multi-annual programme (2001-2004) aimed at encouraging the development and use of European digital content on world networks and promoting linguistic diversity in the information society.

Users will find, inter alia, access to calls and projects, including call for experts and descriptions of selected projects following April 2000 call for proposal. The projects are classified in the light of the three action lines, i.e. improving access to risk capital for SMEs and start-ups, demonstrating exploitation of public sector information, facilitating linguistic and cultural customisation of digital products and services. Links to former programme results and useful information are also available.

The interface will be updated regularly to keep users posted on calls, events and news.

Data Source Provider : CIMS

Document Reference : Based on information from service provider

Programme Acronym : MLIS, FRAMEWORK 5C, E-CONTENT

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media, Education, Training, Economic Aspects, Legislation, Regulations

Contact Person : URL: http://www.cordis.lu/econtent


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Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

1. Preparation of an inventory of national systems to monitor safety and health at work

Date : 2001-01-29

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is calling for tenders for the preparation of an inventory on national systems to monitor safety and health at work.

The aim of the project is to prepare a workshop by doing a systematic inventory on national systems to monitor safety and health at work, including the national preventative capacity in all Member States. The project report will be the background document to be sent out for discussion in advance of the planned workshop in November 2001.

Remarks :

The deadline for requesting tender documents is 23.2.2001. The deadline for submitting tender documents is 9.3.2001.

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 S 19 of 27.1.2001, p. 71.

Subject Index Codes : Safety

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Gran Via 33
E-48009 Bilbao
Tel. +34-944-794360; Fax +34-944-794383


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2. IST programme launches another round of calls for proposals

Date : 2001-01-30

The Information Society Technologies (IST) programme of the Commission's Fifth RTD Framework Programme (1998 to 2002) has launched another round of calls for proposals, opening up some 450 million euro of funds to the EU research community.

The call opens up the following parts of the IST 2001 Work programme (available from the contacts listed below) .

- Part 1a (proposals for RTD, demonstration, and combined RTD/demonstration projects) - Fixed deadline (Call part identifier: IST-01-6-1A) . The deadline for receipt of proposals in these areas is 25 April 2001 at 5pm (Brussels local time) .

- -Key Action I Action lines: IST-2001-I.1.1 Intelligent environment for citizen-centred health management; IST-2001-I.1.2 Intelligent collaborative Environment supporting continuity of care; IST-2001-I.2.1 Intelligent assistive systems for social inclusion.

- - Key Action II Action lines: IST-2001-II.1.2 Knowledge Management; IST-2001-II.1.3 Mobile & Ubiquitous e-Work and e-Commerce; IST-2001-II.1.4 Exploratory High-Risk/long term research; IST-2001-II.2.1 Intelligent Workplaces for all; IST-2001-II.2.2 'Smart' Organisations; IST-2001-II.3.1 Dynamic Value constellations; IST-2001-II.4.1 Trust in Information infrastructures; IST-2001-II.4.2 Enhancing Security in electronic transactions.

- - Key Action III Action lines: IST-2001-III.1.2 Heritage for all; IST-2001-III.1.3 Next generation digital collections; IST-2001-III.2.1 Self Learning for Work; IST-2001-III.2.2 e-learning futures; IST-2001-III.3.2 Natural and Multilingual interactivity; IST-2001-III.5.1 x-Content futures.

- - Key Action IV Action lines: IST-2001-IV.1.2 Multiservice networks - middleware for seamless access to services; IST-2001-IV.2.1 Real-time distributed systems; IST-2001-IV.2.2 Network and services interoperability , interworking and management; IST-2001-IV.3.1 Software architecture; IST-2001-IV.5.2 Terrestrial wireless systems and networks; IST-2001-IV.7.2 Microsystems.

- -Others Action lines: IST-2001-V.1.1 CPA1: Home environment; IST-2001-V.1.4 CPA4: Towards Dependable and survivable systems and infrastructures; IST-2001-V.1.5 CPA5: Smart Cards; IST-2001-V.1.7 CPA7: Socio-Economic analysis and indicators for the information society; IST-2001-V.1.9 CPA9: Grid test beds, deployment and technologies; IST-2001-V.1.11 CPA11: Regional and sectoral pilot actions and demonstrations for the digital economy; IST-2001-VI.2.1 Nanotechnology information devices; IST-2001-VI.2.2 Global computing, co-operation of autonomous and mobile entities in dynamic environments; IST-2001-VII.1.2 RN2: Technology and Application Experiments.

- Part 1b (proposals for take-up actions and support activities) - Fixed deadline (Call part identifier: IST-01-6-1B) .

The deadline for receipt of proposals in theses areas is 25 April 2001 at 5pm (Brussels local time) .

- - Key Action I Action lines: IST-2001-I.1.3 Best practice and trials in e-Health; IST-2001-I.3.2 Best practice and trials in Administration systems.

- - Key Action II Action lines: IST-2001-II.2.1 Intelligent Workplaces for all; IST-2001-II.2.2 'Smart' Organisations; IST-2001-II.4.2 Enhancing Security in electronic transactions.

- - Key Action III Action lines: IST-2001-III.1.2 Heritage for all; IST-2001-III.1.3 Next generation digital collections; IST-2001-III.2.2 e-learning futures; IST-2001-III.5.2 Competence building; IST-2001-III.5.3 KA III: specific support measures.

- - Key Action IV Action lines: IST-2001-IV.2.1 Real-time distributed systems; IST-2001-IV.2.2 Network and services interoperability, interworking and management; IST-2001-IV.2.4 Computing, communications and networks - Take-up measures; IST-2001-IV.7.3 Subsystems and microsystems.

- - Others Action lines: IST-2001-V.1.5 CPA5: Smart Cards; IST-2001-V.1.7 CPA7: Socio-Economic analysis and indicators for the information society; IST-2001-V.1.11 CPA11: Regional and sectoral pilot actions and demonstrations for the digital economy; IST-2001-VI.2.1 Nanotechnology information Devices; IST-2001-VI.2.2 Global computing, co-operation of autonomous and mobile entities in dynamic environments; IST-2001-VII.1.2 RN2: Technology and Application Experiments.

- Part 2a (proposals for RTD, demonstration, and combined RTD/demonstration projects) - Continuous Submission Scheme. (Call part identifier: IST-01-6-2A) .

- - Action Line: IST-2001-VI.1.1 FET Open domain IST-2001-VIII.1.6 Enabling RTD co-operation with Newly Associated States.

Proposals may be submitted at any time up to 28 February 2002 at 5pm (Brussels local time) .

- Part 2b (proposals for support activities) - Continuous Submission Scheme (Call part identifier: IST-01-6-2B) .

- - Action line: IST-2001-VIII.1.1 Clustering of projects; IST-2001-VIII.1.2 Network of excellence and working groups; IST-2001-VIII.1.3 Channelling of standardisation and interoperability initiatives; IST-2001-VIII.1.4 Improving human capital in IT by competence building (IHC) ; IST-2001-VIII.1.5 Bridging the IT skills gap through development of Training Infrastructures; IST-2001-VIII.1.6 Enabling RTD co-operation with Newly Associated States12; IST-2001-VIII.1.7 Enabling RTD co-operation with 3rd Countries; IST-2001-VIII.1.8 Dissemination and awareness of IST programme results; IST-2001-VIII.1.9 Studies.

Proposals may be submitted at any time up to 28 February 2002 at 5pm (Brussels local time) .

Proposers are reminded that partial support for conferences, workshops, seminars and exhibitions that address any part of the specific programme may also be requested using the standard grant application forms as given in the Guide for proposers, where more information on this scheme is available. Grant applications, which must be received at least five months in advance of the event for which support is requested, may be made at any time up to 14 June 2002. The evaluation of these applications, which are considered accompanying measures as defined in the IST 2000 Work programme, follows the procedure laid down in the Manual of Proposal Evaluation Procedures.

In addition, when submitting a proposal for an RTD project, a demonstration project, a combined project, or a concerted action, proposers may include an application for a Bursary for young researcher from Developing Countries. Further information on this scheme is given in the Guide for proposers.

Remarks :

Before contacting the Commission, proposers 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 C 27 of 27.1.2001, p. 65.

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST

Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Education, Training, Information, Media

Contact Person : Information on how to prepare and submit proposals is given in the Guide for Proposers, which can be obtained, along with the Work programme and other information relating to this call, from the European Commission using one of the following addresses:

European Commission
The IST Information Desk
Directorate General Information Society
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Email: ist@cec.eu.int
Fax +32-2-2968388
URL: http://www.cordis.lu/ist/calls/200101.htm

For specific information relating to the Marie Curie Industry Host Fellowship scheme, proposers should use the following:

European Commission
Marie Curie Fellowships (Unit RTD-F2)
Directorate General Research
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Email: Improving@cec.eu.int
Fax +32-2-2969926
URL: http://www.cordis.lu/improving

Also note that SME specific measures (ie, exploratory awards and co-operative research) are implemented through a specific call for these measures. More information can be obtained from the SME Helpdesk

Fax: +32-2-2957110) .
E-mail: sme@cec.eu.int
URL: http://www.cordis.lu


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3. IST and Growth programmes call for proposals related to intelligent manufacturing systems

Date : 2001-01-30

The European Commission is calling for proposals for RTD activities under the specific programmes for research, technological development and demonstration on a 'user friendly information society' and on 'competitive and sustainable growth' on intelligent manufacturing systems(IMS) .

The objectives, priorities, indicative budgets and types of indirect actions referred to in this call notice correspond to those described in the work programmes and the technical themes for international co-operation on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems which have been defined in the Council Decision of January 27, 1997 on IMS as follows:

- total product life-cycle issues;

- process issues;

-strategy/planning/design;

- human/organisational/social issues; and,

- virtual/extended enterprise issues.

This call relates to proposals called under a continuous submission scheme, under which proposals are evaluated at fixed intervals for which deadlines for receipt are provided. Proposals under this scheme may be submitted at any time up to the date of closure of the scheme.

Those eligible to participate in indirect RTD actions under the specific programmes are invited to submit proposals that address the 2001 Work programme of the specific programme on 'Competitive and Sustainable Growth' and/or the following Action Lines of the 2001 work programme of the specific programme on a 'User-friendly Information Society': II.1.1, II.1.2, II.1.3, II.1.4, II.1.5, II.2. 1, II.2.2, II.3.1, II.4.1, II.4.2, and the above mentioned IMS themes.

The indicative budget for IMS from each of the specific programmes is 35 million euro from 1999 to 2001.

Proposals will be evaluated in batches according to the following tentative evaluation deadlines: April 19, 2001 and September 19, 2001.

Remarks :

The date of closure of the scheme is September 19, 2001.

Before contacting the Commission, proposers 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 C 27 of 27.1.2001, p. 63.

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IMS, IST, GROWTH

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media

Contact Person : Information on the rules for participation in this scheme and on how to prepare and submit proposals is given in the Guide for proposers, which can be obtained, along with the two Work programmes and other information relating to this call, from the European Commission using one of the following addresses:

European Commission
European IMS Secretariat
Rue de la Loi /Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2994572
E-mail: Infso-ims@cec.eu.int
URL: http://www.cordis.lu/ims/home.html


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4. IPTS report opportunity

Date : 2001-01-31

The European Commission's Institute for prospective technological studies in Seville is calling for tenders for the production and delivery of its monthly bulletin, the 'IPTS Report'.

The contractor will be required to produce ten issues per year in 4 languages: English (3300 copies) ; French (1300 copies) ; German (700 copies) ; and Spanish (1200 copies) . The 48 to 52 page bulletins should contain around 19000 to 21000 words printed in sub A4 format and in 2 colours, with the exception of the cover pages and an occasional insert, which are to be printed in full colour, on recycled paper. Production operations for each issue have to be concluded in a maximum of 25 working days.

The main tasks comprised in the production of each issue are:

- journalistic editing of the master text provided by the IPTS in English;

- translation of the master text from English to French, German and Spanish, and proof reading;

- laying out of the text in a given format, photo composing and printing.

- distribution of the printed copies to a list of approximately 5000 subscribers;

- preparation of the html version of the issue in the format required for publishing on the IPTS website.

Remarks :

The deadline for requesting tender documents is 19.2.2001. The deadline for receipt of tender documents is 12.3.2001.

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 S 21 of 31.1.2001, p. 35.

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Joint Research Centre
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
Ms Laura Hidalgo
C/Inca Garcilaso s/n
E-41092 Seville
Fax +34-95-4488293


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5. Services on IT-security

Date : 2001-01-31

The Joint Resarch Centre has published prior information of a forthcoming call for tenders for the supply of IT services related to IT security: security audit of PC/workstations, verification of security set-up/configuration, upgrade of security patches; and intrusion prevention and detection.

The approximate value of the contract is 100,000 euro per year for five years.

Remarks :

The call for tenders is expected to be published on the second quarter of 2001.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities

Document Reference : OJ No S 21 of 31.1.2001, p. 32.

Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems


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6. Eurostat calls for statistical services

Date : 2001-01-31

The European Commission's Statistical Office, Eurostat, is currently calling for tenders for statistical services in the following lots:

-Lot 1: legal entry, an inventory of available data;

- Lot 2: legal entry statistics: a data collection;

- Lot 3: asylum statistics.

Tenderers may apply for one, more or all lots. Tenders for parts of lots are not permitted.

Remarks :

The deadline for requesting tender documents is 1.3.2001. The deadline for receipt of tender documents is 12.3.2001.

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 S 21 of 31.1.2001, p.34.

Subject Index Codes : Mathematics, Statistics

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Statistical Office (Eurostat)
Mr G Decand
Unit E4
Office BECH D3/733
Directorate E
rue Alcide de Gasperi
L-2920 Luxembourg
Fax +352-4301-64029


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7. European business statistics sought

Date : 2001-01-31

Statistical services in the field of the 'panorama of European business' are required by the European Commission's statistical office, Eurostat.

Remarks :

The deadline for requesting tender documents is 2.3.2001. The deadline for receipt of tender documents is 16.3.2001.

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 S 21 of 31.1.2001, p. 33.

Subject Index Codes : Mathematics, Statistics

Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Statistical Office (Eurostat)
Mrs M L Janschek
Office BECH B4/313
Directorate D
rue Alcide de Gasperi
L-2920 Luxembourg
Fax +352-4301-35409


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8. EESD call corrigendum

Date : 2001-02-01

The European Commission has announced a corrigendum to the call for proposals for RTD actions under the 'energy, environment and sustainable development' programme.

In place of 'improved flood and drought forecasting' should read 'improved flood forecasting'.

Deadlines for training proposals should also read as follows: Individual fellowships - 21.03.2001, 20.03.2002 Host fellowships - 21.03.2001, 20.03.2002

Remarks :

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 31 of 31.01.2000, p. 11

Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research

Related News : 15846


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9. Call for expression of interest in IPR and trade policy

Date : 2001-02-01

The European Commission's Directorate General for trade is calling for expressions of interest in relation to supporting the Community's external trade policy in the field of intellectual property rights.

The Trade DG's Directorate F.4, for trade questions in the field of new technologies, intellectual property and public procurement, is calling for expressions of interest for inclusion in a list of qualified potential contractors for the following types of projects:

- legal, economic and technical analysis (through studies, guides and/or workshops) related to the Trade related intellectual property rights (TRIPs) agreement;

- analysis of the national legislation of World trade organisation (WTO) members with a view to preparing the notification to the WTO;

- technical assistance to advise and assist developing countries in implementing the TRIPs agreement, especially in the field of enforcement.

The list will be used solely for contracts whose estimated value is below the threshold laid down in the relevant public procurement Directive (92/50/EEC) . Each time a specific project is to be concluded relating to the types of projects listed above, the authorisation department will send specifications to all candidates on the list, or to some of them, selected on the basis of particular criteria for the contract concerned.

The list of potential contractors will remain valid for a period of three years as from the date of publication of this call for expressions of interest. The list will be open ended. Any interested contractor may apply for inclusion at any time up to six months before the end of its period of validity.

Text :

Remarks :

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 S 22 of 1.2.2001, p. 47.

Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Economic Aspects

Contact Person : Expressions of interest should be sent to: European Commission
Directorate-General for Trade
Directorate A - General Affairs
Unit A1
Human administrative and financial resources
External service programming
Mr E. Weizenbach
CHAR 07/224
rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2990207
E-mail: Emiel.Weizenbach@cec.eu.int


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10. Call for expression of interests in ICT to promote EU trade policy

Date : 2001-02-01

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade is calling for expressions of interest in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote European Union trade policy.

Those interested in having their names entered on a list of potential contractors for the following types of project are invited to submit an application in accordance with the rules set out in the office call text.

DG Trade will draw up eight different lists (applications can be made for one, several or all of these) of potentially qualified contractors to carry out projects that would involve the following tasks:

- Lot 1: editing and journalistic writing of information products;

- Lot 2: graphic and production tasks;

- Lot 3: organisation of events;

- Lot 4: actions in the audio-visual field;

- Lot 5: relations with the specialised press;

- Lot 6: evaluation of the impact of information products;

- Lot 7: communication and information strategy;

- Lot 8: assistance in managing of the electronic information and Internet tools.

Following this notice, the authorising department will draw up a list of qualified potential contractors, which will be used solely for contracts whose estimated value is below the threshold laid down in the relevant public procurement Directive (92/50/EEC) .

Each time a contract for a specific project is to be concluded relating the types of projects described above, the authorising department will send the specifications to all the candidates on the list or to some of them, selected on the basis of particular criteria for the contract concerned.

The different lists of potential contractors will remain valid for a period of three years as from the date of publication of this call for expressions of interest. The list will be open-ended. Any interested contractor may apply for inclusion at any time up to six months before the end of its period of validity.

Remarks :

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 S 22 of 1.2.2001, p. 48.

Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Economic Aspects

Contact Person : Expressions of interest should be sent to:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Trade
Directorate A - General Affairs
Unit A1
Human administrative and financial resources
External service programming
Mr E. Weizenbach
CHAR 07/224
rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2990207
E-mail: Emiel.Weizenbach@cec.eu.int


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