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20.09.2001

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

1. JRC acts on enlargement priority pledge

Dyrektor Główny Wspólnotowego Centrum Badawczego (Joint Research Centre) Barry McSweeney oraz Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. badań Filip Busquin podjęli akcję mającą na celu podkreślenie kluczowej roli powiększenia Unii Europejskiej w europejskiej polityce badawczej.

2. GM industry losing momentum?

Ponieważ niezgoda pomiędzy Unią Europejską i Stanami Zjednoczonymi w sprawie genetycznie zmodyfikowanej żywności źle wpływa na relacje naukowe, statystyki pokazują, że przedsiębiorstwa inwestują w badania mniej niż pięć lat temu.

3. De Donnea calls for independent EU satellite surveillance following US terrorist attacks

Prezydent Rady Badań Belgiskiej Prezydentury Unii Europejskiej, François-Xavier de Donnea, powiedział, że ostatnie ataki terrorystyczne w Stanach Zjednoczonych wzmacniają potrzebę na niezależny system nadzoru satelitarnego Unii Europejskiej.

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4. SMEs, innovation and space come together

Europejska Agencja Kosmiczna (ESA) ogłosiła nową inicjatywę mającą na celu zwiększenie udziału małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw w sektorze komunikacji satelitarnej.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

5. Infrastructures for virtual enterprises

Konferencja poświęcona infrastrukturom dla wirtualnych przedsiębiorstw, PRO-VE'02, fundowana po części przez projekt THINKcreative z programu Przyjazne Społeczeństwo Informacyjne wchodzącego w skład Piątego Programu Ramowego, odbędzie się w Vilamoura, Portugalia, od 1 do 3 maja.

6. Barcelona course to tackle science patenting and licensing

'Stowarzyszenie Profesjonalistów Europejskiej Nauki i Transferu Technologii' (ASTP) organizuje kurs, który odbędzie się 11 i 12 października w Barcelonie, poświęcony opartemu na nauce wydawaniu patentów i licencji.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

7. Commission announces call for tender for eLearning study

Komisja Europejska ogłosiła konkurs na cztery studia, które mają być przeprowadzone w kontekście implementacji planu eNauczanie.

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1. JRC acts on enlargement priority pledge

Record Control Number: 17351

Date: 2001-09-17

Category: General policy

General Information:

Joint Research Centre (JRC) Director General Barry McSweeney and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin have taken action to emphasise the key role of EU enlargement in European research policy.

'Enlargement is one of the most important opportunities for the European Union as it enters the 21st century,' wrote Philippe Busquin in a JRC newsletter. 'Research and development is at the leading edge of this process and paves the way to a harmonised integration of our partners into a peaceful and more prosperous and powerful Union.'

Since assuming the post of JRC Director General in April 2001, Barry McSweeney has also been keen to stress that the enlargement process is of top strategic importance for the JRC. His plans for the organisation include supporting the adaptation of candidate country research policy to conform to the EU framework and assistance with their integration into the European Research Area (ERA).

As part of the JRC Futures project, a seminar will be held in Prague on 18 and 19 September. This will be followed by an information day on 20 September. The Futures project, which focuses on the techno-economic and societal impact of enlargement, was initiated at the suggestion of a high level expert group meeting in September 2000. This informal network of experts, all of whom had access to high level decision makers in the candidate countries, met for the first time in June 1999. The group aimed to initiate a dialogue on science and technology developments and their link socio-economic issues affecting the candidate countries and the EU.

The project began in January 2001 following a project steering group brainstorming session where over 80 topics were put forward for investigation. The topics were clustered into four thematic groups, each of which has a panel carrying out research in this area. The panel includes members from EU Member States, candidate countries and elsewhere and represent academia, research institutes, the media, research and development (R&D) company departments, national and regional governments, European institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The four panels are:

- Economic transformation (industry, agriculture, trade, services, measurements);

- Employment and social change (demography, health, diversity, cohesion, boundary conditions);

- Technology, knowledge and learning (education and skills, intellectual capital, brain drain, science and technology, information and communication technologies);

- Sustainability, environment and natural resources (energy, water, mobility and transport).

The Prague seminar in September represents the half way stage of the project and will discuss the results so far. The final results will be discussed in Bled, Slovenia, in November this year.

The information day in Prague on 20 September will present recent JRC achievements and future plans to delegates from research organisations in the Czech Republic. The aim of the event is to promote a structured dialogue, identify potentially interested partners and pave the way for enhanced collaboration.

The organisation of events is just one of the ways in which the JRC is fulfilling its pledge to keep enlargement as a top priority. It has recently launched a new website providing information on JRC enlargement activities and relevant links for candidate country researchers. These include national contact points, scientific attachés of applicant country missions to the EU, and the policy support unit responsible for the JRC's enlargement support action.

The enlargement support action, initiated in 2000, includes the progressive opening up of the JRC programme to candidate countries, the encouragement of joint proposals for the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) and the organisation of joint events.

The JRC has also recently selected six additional applicant country experts and published a call for interest for JRC scientific fellowships open to associated-State candidates, and an invitation to apply for an individual fellowship at the JRC under the Marie Curie programmes.

Pre-accession countries will face a rapidly changing political and economic environment over the next decade, and enlargement will bring new challenges with new consequences. Those forming EU research policy hope that the JRC can play a part in providing policy support to deal with some of these challenges.

Data Source Provider: Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Document Reference: Based on information from the JRC

Subject Index : Policies; Scientific Research; Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person: For further information on the JRC's enlargement action, please consult the following web address: http://www.jrc.cec.eu.int/enlargement


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2. GM industry losing momentum?

Record Control Number: 17353

Date: 2001-09-17

Category: General policy

General Information:

As disagreement between the EU and the USA over genetically modified (GM) food continues to undermine scientific relations, statistics show that companies are investing less in research than five years ago.

Commentators are arguing that the GM food bubble may have now burst, resulting in a reduction in research investment, static profits, and a tightening up in labelling and import laws. The EU proposed new legislation on 25 July requiring all food containing GMOs to be traceable from the farm to the supermarket. This proposal is the first time that the EU has sought to introduce specific regulations on GM animal feed and to extend labelling laws to all food and feed, regardless of whether there is GM DNA or protein in the final product.

The USA is lobbying European governments to change the proposed legislation as they believe it would cost US companies $4 billion each year. Some 70 per cent of the world's GM crops are grown in the USA, where no labelling for such foods is required. Modified grains are also often mixed with conventional crops during shipping. An EU spokesperson has however argued that the proposed legislation is 'absolutely necessary to foster consumer confidence' and trade in biotech foods.

Another reason for the growing disinterest in GM foods is that the promised new generation of crops carrying health benefits for those who eat them has so far failed to materialise. This vision came a step closer to reality, however, when German scientists recently succeeded in producing a 'safe' genetically modified tomato which they believe could lead to a range of fruits and vegetables that give a health boost to consumers. The new tomato plant is recognised as safer as it has been engineered in a way that prevents its genes from passing to other crops. New techniques have also resulted in a higher concentration of the desired protein in the plant's edible tissues.

Research breakthroughs of this kind and national government support for the GM industry may mean that the GM bubble will remain afloat for some time yet.

Data Source Provider: Press sources
Document Reference: Based on information from press sources

Subject Index : Biotechnology; Medicine, Health; Scientific Research; Legislation, Regulations; Agriculture; Food

Related News: 17147; 17265


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3. De Donnea calls for independent EU satellite surveillance following US terrorist attacks

Record Control Number : 17371

Date : 2001-09-19

Category : General policy

General Information :

The President of the Research Council under the Belgian Presidency of the EU, François-Xavier de Donnea, has said that the recent terrorist attacks in the USA reinforce the need for an independent EU satellite surveillance system.

Speaking to CORDIS News at the Belgian Presidency event 'Opening European research to the world' on 18 September, M. de Donnea said the recent atrocities, and the likelihood of US military reprisals, strengthened the case for initiatives such as the Galileo European satellite navigation system. Belgium is strongly supportive of this initiative in line with the prioritisation of space research under the Belgian Presidency.

M. de Donnea explained: 'I think that the recent attacks strengthen the case for all systems which make it possible to better monitor security. It's especially important for Europe to be independent from the United States in terms of security monitoring because we cannot have...a completely independent foreign policy if we are dependent on somebody else to listen to what's happening or to look at what's happening in the world.'

He added: 'So I think that not only from an environmental and agricultural point of view, but also from the point of view of our security and of the possibility for Europe to have an independent, autonomous international policy we must have satellite observation systems that are as sophisticated as the most sophisticated ones in the world.'

M. de Donnea also told CORDIS News that despite recent moves to clarify EU stem cell and GM food legislation, public understanding of the implications of biotechnology research is hazy: 'I think the public has only a very vague awareness of what it is all about

- it's so technical that only the scientific community can have an opinion on this. I think the public wants the scientific community to avoid taking measures which would infringe upon basic ethical principles -nobody wants human cloning, to copy human beings

- that's one example.'

He said the public must trust the experts when it comes to the wider implications of research in this area: 'The public is worried about ethics in general but neither the public nor myself can really, unless you are a biotechnologist, have a very definitive opinion for the moment on the matter. So I think we must also trust experts in the field, who are worried about ethics, to tell us how far we can go without infringing upon fundamental ethical principles, philosophical principles or human rights.'

He added that Europe 'has a more liberal position than the United States' with regards to stem cell research, saying some work in this area is important 'not to create monsters, but to help medicine and to help the fight against some rare diseases to progress.'

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Remarks :

Data Source Provider : CORDIS News interview with François-Xavier de Donnea.
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News interview with François-Xavier de Donnea.
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Transport, Safety, Environmental Protection,
Agriculture, Biotechnology, Social Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:
http://www.cordis.lu/belgium/home.html

Related News : 17325

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4. SMEs, innovation and space come together

Record Control Number : 17372

Date : 2001-09-19

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

The European space agency (ESA) has announced a new initiative to increase small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) participation in the satellite communications sector.

Recognising that the satcom (satellite communications) sector is a difficult one for SMEs to enter, ESA's telecommunications department has established an initiative which could see SMEs benefit from a package which includes more than just financial assistance. On top of financial backing of up to 300,000 euros, ESA would provide know-how and experience and help with industrial contacts for the exploitation of results.

ESA director of applications Claudio Mastracci says the initiative is directed at 'the entrepreneurs of Europe.' 'We believe [they] can make a significant contribution to the development of our sitcoms industry,' he said.

But he also emphasised that the initiative had been designed to take into account the specific nature and limitations of SMEs. 'We are aware that the satellite field is not an easy one for small companies to enter, but it is important that they are given the opportunity to do so, both to maximise their own potential for success and to ensure our industry benefits from the type of creative momentum which we are currently seeing in the terrestrial telecommunications and IT fields,' he said.

The main objectives of the initiative will be to provide new services around existing technologies, such as those related to Internet and mobile communications, or to develop new technologies to help existing services.

The initiative will be open entrepreneurs from all countries participating in the ESA telecommunications programme, which are 11 of the EU Member States (excluding Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and the UK) as well as Canada, Norway and Switzerland. Others will be allowed to join at a later stage.

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Data Source Provider : ESA
Document Reference : Based on information from ESA
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Andreas Mauroschat
ARTES 5 Programme Office
Telecommunications Department
ESA/ESTEC - The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 71 565 3920
E-mail: Andreas.Mauroschat@esa.int

or

Franco Bonacina
ESA Communication Department
ESA Media Relation Office
Tel. + 33 (0) 1.53.69.71.55
Fax. +33(0) 1.53.69.76.90
E-mail: Franco.Bonacina@esa.int

Further information about the scheme and how to apply is available
at the following web address:
http://www.telecom.esa.int

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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5. Infrastructures for virtual enterprises

Record Control Number: 17359

Date: 2001-09-17

Category: Event

General Information:

A conference on infrastructures for virtual enterprises, PRO-VE'02, funded in part by the THINKcreative project from the Fifth Framework programme's IST programme, will be held in Vilamoura, Portugal from 1 to 3 May 2002.

The conference will offer delegates the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in dynamic virtual organisations, new business ecosystems, reference models and modelling and clusters. It will also cover the integration and sharing of information, virtual communities, mobility and virtual enterprises, virtual enterprise engineering and SMEs and low-cost virtual enterprise infrastructures.

The THINKcreative project aims to provide European advice in the area of smart and emerging organizations for the knowledge and skills economy. The general goal is to identify and characterize emerging organizational forms, the required infrastructures, modelling and application tools, and future socio-organisational needs.e us

Remarks: Entrance to the DataGRID conference, from 3 to 5 October, is restricted to DataGRID members and people invited by PTB and PMB members.
Data Source Provider: New University of Lisbon
Document Reference: Based on an event announcement

Subject Index : Economic Aspects
Contact Person: For further information, please consult the following web address: http://www.uninova.pt/~prove


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6. Barcelona course to tackle science patenting and licensing

Record Control Number: 17355

Date: 2001-09-17

Category: Event

General Information:

The 'Association of European science and technology transfer professionals' (ASTP), is to hold a 'hands-on' course on science based patenting and licensing on 11 and 12 October in Barcelona, Spain.

The course will offer plenary and parallel sessions over a wide range of subjects that focus on the most recent developments and the everyday problems in the university and industry patenting and licensing.

Led by speakers from Europe and the USA, the conference will address, among other issues: patenting in the post genomics era; patent strategy; patentability of research tools; establishing ownership; and licensing research tools and databases.

The ASTP multinational non-profit group was established in 1999 to professionalise and promote technology transfer between European science and industry.

Data Source Provider: ASTP
Document Reference: ASTP

Subject Index : Scientific Research; Legislation, Regulations
Contact Person: For further information, please contact:
ASTP
Koninginnegracht 22
2415 AB
The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-70-392 6374
Fax: +31-70-392 6375
E-mail: info@astp.net
http://www.astp.net

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7. Commission announces call for tender for eLearning study

Record Control Number : 17373

Date : 2001-09-19

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has announced a call for tender for four studies to be carried out within the context of the implementation of the eLearning initiative action plan.

The studies aim to examine models for tomorrow's European universities in respect of:

- lot 1: the use of information and communication technologies (ICT)

- lot 2: the use of ICT by pupils, teachers and within schools, and on the financing of ICT equipment in this context;

- lot 3: new learning environments for school education;

- lot 4: cultural institutions in their new role of learning environments.

Text :

Remarks :
The deadline for requesting tender documents is 15-10-2001.
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 22-10-2001.

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 180-123464 of 19-09-2001, p. 47
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training, Information, Media
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Mrs Maruja Gutierrez Diaz
Unit C4, B-100 03/7
Directorate-General Education and Culture
European Commission
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-296 6992
E-mail: elearning@cec.eu.int


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