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20.12.2001

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1. UNIDO forum calls for further progress on e-economy in central and eastern Europe and Newly Associated States

Ostatnie formum regionalne poświęcone eProduktywności i J@kości (E4PQ), które odbyło się w Warszawie 22-go i 23-go listopada, doprowadziło po postawienia wniosku, że współpraca z programami Unii Europejskiej będzie kluczem do sukcesu inicjatywy Narodów Zjednoczonych E4PQ, której celem jest przygotowanie państw Europy wschodniej i centralnej oraz Nowo Stowarzyszonych Państw do e-ekonomii.

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

2. European Investment Bank provides 100 million euro for Czech SMEs

Małe i średnie przedsiębiorstwa w Republice Czeskiej otrzymają 100 milinów euro z Europejskiego Investment Banku (EIB) na finansowanie małych i średnich projektów w dziedzinach przemysłu, turystyki, ochrony środowiska, oszczędzania energii, zdrowia, edukacji i infrastruktury.

3. Commission funds new high speed network project

Komisja Europejska przyznała 17 milionów euro dla projektu internetowego o nazwie "6net", którego celem jest sprawdzenie kilku elementów połączenia internetowego o dużej szybkości.

4. De Palacio calls for swift Member State action on Galileo project

Po spotkaniu europejskim w Laeken, w Belgii, Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Transportu Loyola de Palacio, wezwał do szybkiej decyzji Państw Członkowskich w sprawie europejskiego projektu nawigacji satelitarnej, Galileo, aby uniknąć dalszych opóźnień, które mogłyby skompromitować inicjatywę.

5. Liikanen calls for ICT boost for SMEs

Potrzeba dalej inwestować w technologie informacyjne i komunikacyjne (ICT) oraz innowację, aby zwiększyć powodzenie małych i średnich firm - twierdzi Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Przedsiębiorstw i Społeczeństwa informacyjnego.

Programy Unii Europejskiej

6. CORDIS offers redesigned ProTool facility

CORDIS, Serwis Informacyjny Badań i Rozwoju Komisji Europejskiej, uruchomił przeprojektowany interaktywny serwis na temat ProTool, narzędzia do przygoowywania i elektronicznego dostarczania ofert.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

7. Rome to host ALLEA general assembly 2002

Następne generalne zgromadzenie ALLEA (Wszytskie Europejskie Akademie Nauk i Humanitaryzmu) odbędzie się w Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei w Rzymie, od 13 do 15 marca 2002.

8. CRIS announces call for papers for 2002 conference

Szósta międzynarodowa konferencja poświęcona badawczym systemom informacyjnym (CRIS) ogłosiła konkurs na wydarzenie, które odbędzie się od 29 do 31 sierpnia 2002 w Kassel, w Niemczech.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

9. Commission calls for proposals for promotion of innovation and encouragement of SME participation

Komisja Europejska opublikowała wezwanie do składania ofert na niebezpośrednie akcje rozwojowo-badawcze w konkretnym programie promocja innowacji i zachęcanie do udziału małych i średnich firm.

10. Commission announces Descartes prize call for proposals

Komisja Europejska ogłosiła konkurs na niebezpośrednie akcje rozwojowo-badawcze w konkretnym programie badawczyw, rozwoju technologicznego i demonstracji na temat poprawy ludzkiego potencjału badawczego i społeczno-ekonomicznej bazy wiedzy.

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1. UNIDO forum calls for further progress on e-economy in central and eastern Europe and Newly Associated States

Record Control Number : 17772

Date : 2001-12-17

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

A recent regional forum on eProductivity and Qu@lity (E4PQ) , held in Warsaw, Poland, on 22 and 23 November, concluded that cooperation with EU programmes will be key to the success of the United Nations E4PQ initiative to make central and eastern European countries (CEEs) and Newly Associated States (NASs) ready for the e-economy.

The forum, organised by UNIDO (the United Nations industrial development organisation) in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of economy, aimed to review the E4PQ regional programme to boost productivity and quality in CEEs and NASs through the use of high technology.

The forum recommended that country-specific e-business initiatives, such as the European Commission's eEurope Plus action plan, launched to encourage the use of new information technologies in Candidate States, should be taken into account in the finalisation and implementation of the E4PQ programme.

The meeting also recommended that possible synergies and cooperation within the EU and other regions, such as EU information society technologies (IST) , benchmarking and SME (small and medium sized enterprises) initiatives, need to be pursued to boost the E4PQ programme through multilateral cooperation.

It also found that the improvement of e-business practices in both NASs and CEEs will aid the process of integration into the EU. It called for action to increase competitiveness and innovation using e-solutions in order to smooth the enlargement process and aid the transition to an e-economy. It also warned that without financial backing, the E4PQ programme would fail. It said the programme should involve cooperation between UNIDO, the EU and CEEs and NASs.

The forum also concluded that although productivity is improving in the region, it remains below the level of the EU Member States. It identified a lack of understanding among SMEs of the potential benefits of e-solutions for improving competitiveness and productivity, and concluded that enterprises, particularly SMEs, need to develop new business models and techniques to adapt to the e-economy and benefit from the creation of new markets.

The E4PQ programme was first announced in October 2000 by UNIDO Director-General Carlos Magarińos. It is hoped that the programme will lead to the setting up of a regional structure for industrial quality and productivity with emphasis on the application of web-based technologies. The E4PQ programme was also discussed as an area of possible UNIDO/EU cooperation when Mr Magarińos met European Commission President Romano Prodi in March this year.

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Data Source Provider : News sources
Document Reference : Based on information provided by news sources
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Industrial Manufacture,
Economic Aspects, Regional Development, Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.unido.org

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne


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2. European Investment Bank provides 100 million euro for Czech SMEs

Record Control Number : 17768

Date : 2001-12-14

Category : General policy

General Information :

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Czech Republic will receive 100 million euro from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for financing small and medium scale projects in the fields of industry, tourism, environmental protection, energy saving, health, education and infrastructure.

The EIB has granted the global loan, which is the largest EIB global loan ever granted to a bank in the Czech Republic, to HVB Bank. The bank will use the funds to finance projects with total investment ranging from 40,000 euro to 25 million euro with durations of four years or more.

'For 40 years we have worked closely with selected banks inside the EU to bring EIB finance to smaller scale projects in the present Member States. As many of these banks are now present in the accession countries, we systematically cooperate with them for channelling similarly advantageous funds to SMEs and local authorities also in the accession countries,' said EIB vice president Wolfgang Roth.

This loan is part of the EIB's strategy to substantially increase its support for SMEs and smaller scale infrastructure in candidate countries. It brings the total amount of EIB financing in the form of global loans since last July in the candidate countries to 318 million euro.

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Data Source Provider : European Investment Bank
Document Reference : Based on information from the European Investment Bank
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Max Messner
Tel: +352 43 79 31 50
E-mail: m.messner@eib.org


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3. Commission funds new high speed network project

Record Control Number : 17774

Date : 2001-12-17

Category : General policy

General Information :

The European Commission has granted 17 million euro to an Internet project entitled '6net', which aims to test a number of elements of high speed Internet connection.

Using the latest Internet protocol, IP version 6 (IPv6) , the project will bring together 30 academic and commercial organisations from across Europe to look at optimising the use of bandwidth. Specific elements which will be tested include security, routing and domain name server (DNS) and multicast, which allows multiple users within a single location to a connection via the use of just one signal.

The project will initially involve nine countries and once all elements have been tested will see the construction and finalisation of the network.

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Data Source Provider : News sources
Document Reference : Based on information from news sources
Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Information Processing,
Information Systems, Telecommunications, Information, Media


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4. De Palacio calls for swift Member State action on Galileo project

Record Control Number : 17778

Date : 2001-12-18

Category : General policy

General Information :

Following the European Summit in Laeken, Belgium, Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio has called for a rapid Member State decision on Europe's satellite navigation project, Galileo, to avoid further delays which could compromise the initiative.

Speaking about the results of the Laeken Council, Commissioner de Palacio today expressed disappointment at the continuing delay on a decision on funding for Galileo.

'Each new delay puts the profitability of the project in danger,' said Ms de Palacio. 'According to all the studies carries out over several years, Galileo's main benefit is deployment from 2008

- we can no longer put off decisions on financing.'

'We will see in the coming weeks if the Laeken conclusions underlining the strategic importance of Galileo will allow a definitive political decision to be taken at last,' she added.

Commissioner de Palacio said that if a decision is not taken in the next few weeks, the whole credibility of the project will be thrown into doubt. This includes the space industry, which has already mobilised large amounts of funding and is awaiting a decision to continue its work, as well as third countries such as the USA, Russia, China, and Canada, with whom cooperation talks have begun, and the world telecommunications organisation for the maintenance of the frequencies required by Galileo. Ms de Palacio also said that further delay must be avoided if the 2008 starting point for Galileo operations, set out in the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, is to be attained.

At the Laeken Council, EU leaders reaffirmed the strategic importance of the Galileo project and welcomed the decision of the European space agency (ESA) to provide 550 million euro for the project. They called for the Transport Council to reach a decision on Community funding for Galileo's development phase by March 2002.

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the European Commission
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Telecommunications, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information on the Galileo project, please consult the
following web address:

http://www.galileo-pgm.org
Related News : 17766, 17770


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5. Liikanen calls for ICT boost for SMEs

Record Control Number : 17789

Date : 2001-12-20

Category : General policy

General Information :

Further investment in information and communication technologies (ICT) and innovation is the needed to boost the fortunes of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) . According to Enterprise and Information society Commissioner, Erkki Liikanen.

In a speech to the European Parliament's SME Intergroup on the 'State of play of enterprise policy issues' on 18 December, Commissioner Liikanen said that SMEs, which account for 98 per cent of all EU enterprises, are 'the major source of employment, innovation and wealth in the European Union.'

Outlining the Commissions' achievements in improving the legal and financial environment for SMEs in 2000 to 2001, Mr Liikanen said that the Charter for small enterprises, adopted in June 2000, sets out clear targets for Member States and the Commission to help SMEs thrive. At the beginning of 2002, the Commission will present a report on the implementation of the Charter to the Council and the European Parliament.

Mr Liikanen outlined data from the recently published Competitiveness report, which underlines the role of ICT and innovation in boosting Europe's economic progress. The report said that although ICT investment can make a substantial contribution to economic growth, companies need to change their organisation and working methods in order to fully benefit from it. Mr Liikanen pointed to recent studies comparing US and EU ICT performance, showing that in the second half of the 1990s, the EU may have lost up to 0.5 per cent of annual economic growth due to weaker investment in ICT and slower diffusion of the technologies within Member States.

The Commissioner said that the Commission is addressing these challenges through actions such as the eEurope action plan, and specific measures for SMEs. He highlighted the GoDigital initiative to help SMEs get online and moves to benchmark national ICT policies in the EU. Mr Liikanen also said that the financial needs of SMEs who want to invest in ICT are being addressed by the multiannual programme for enterprises and entrepreneurship.

Mr Liikanen praised moves to help businesses by cutting back red tape and improving the regulatory environment. Again, this is an activity which is of particular interest for SMEs,' he said. 'While big firms can mainly deal with complicated legislation, small forms are highly dependent on regulatory approaches which are easy and transparent.

In addition to simplification of the regulatory environment, the Commissioner said, recent surveys indicate that the image of entrepreneurs and the risks involved in setting up a business is improving. A growing number of Europeans now acknowledge that becoming an entrepreneur can be an attractive alternative, that risk-taking should be rewarded and that those who have tried and failed should be given a second chance.

Mr Liikanen announced a number of measures to improve transparency and consultation with stakeholders, including Internet consultations, regular meetings with business organisations and the creation of an Enterprise Policy group, representing a range of different sectors and professions, to give their view on enterprise policy and aid communication. In addition, Mr Liikanen announced the appointment of Timo Summa, a Director in the Commission's Enterprise DG, as an 'SME envoy' to listen to SMEs and represent their interests within the Commission with the backing of the Enterprise DG.

Mr Liikanen also addressed the Basel II accords, which aim to revise the methods used for assessing the capital adequacy of enterprises. He said that the Basel II process is important for SMEs as so many of them rely heavily on loan finance. He said that the Commission has proposed a project within the multiannual programme for Enterprises and Entrepreneurship which will help to understand the effect of the changes on SMEs.

In a separate development, the Commission welcomed on 19 November the announcement by the Basel committee of a revised process for finalising the new Basel II Capital Accord. The new process will incorporate an additional review of the impact of the accord before publication of a third consultative document. Internal market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein welcomed the move, saying it 'should enhance the quality of the final package and help make the consultation period an even more productive one.'

The accord is expected to be finalised in 2002. Advances have been made towards the completion of a new risk-sensitive international framework, including options for the calculation of minimum capital requirements. These include development aiming to ensure that levels of regulatory capital remain, on average, the same as under the current accord.

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, INNOVATION-SME
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Information Processing, Information Systems,
Legislation, Regulations
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/index_en.htm
Related News : 17664

Programy Unii Europejskiej


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6. CORDIS offers redesigned ProTool facility

Record Control Number : 17794

Date : 2001-12-20

Category : Programme implementation

General Information :

CORDIS, the European Commission's Research and Development Information Service, has launched a redesigned interactive service on ProTool, the 'Proposal Preparation and Electronic Submission Tool.'

ProTool is a free, downloadable software package to ease the preparation and electronic submission of project proposals in accordance with Commission requirements. The new service offers improved information and guidance on ProTool software, including easy-to-use tutorials, news, support and download facilities.

The new CORDIS service offers simplified access to ProTool, integrated in the FP5 web service.

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Data Source Provider : CIMS
Document Reference : Based on information from service provider
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C
Subject Index Codes : Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.cordis.lu/fp5/protool

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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7. Rome to host ALLEA general assembly 2002

Record Control Number : 17769

Date : 2001-12-14

Category : Event

General Information :

The next ALLEA (all European academies of sciences and humanities) general assembly will take place at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 15 March 2002.

The event will include the presentation of reports on research strategies in smaller countries, intellectual property rights and science and ethics, among other issues.

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ALLEA members are asked to return their pre-registration forms to
the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei by 15-12-2001.

Data Source Provider : ALLEA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ALLEA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Evaluation
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Mr M. Zeppa
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Fax: +39 6 6893616
E-mail: delbuono@lincei.it

or consult the following web address:

http://www.allea.org


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8. CRIS announces call for papers for 2002 conference

Record Control Number : 17775

Date : 2001-12-17

Category : Event

General Information :

The sixth international conference on Current research information systems (CRIS) has issued a call for papers for the event, which will take place from 29 to 31 August 2002 in Kassel, Germany.

Entitled 'Gaining insight from research information,' the conference is designed to provide a platform for the exchange of information and best practice and the promotion of scientific discussion. In addition, organisers hope that the networking at the event could help stimulate European cooperation.

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Data Source Provider : Social science information centre, Bonn
Document Reference : Based on an announcement from event organisers
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information on the event and the call for papers,
please consult the following web address:

http://www.eurocris.org/cris2002

For further details about registering for the event, please contact:


Annemarie Nase
Social Science Information Centre
Lennéstr. 30
D-53113 Bonn
Fax: (+49) 228-2281-120
E-mail: cris2002@bonn.iz-soz.de
http://www.gesis.org

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej


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9. Commission calls for proposals for promotion of innovation and encouragement of SME participation

Record Control Number : 17781

Date : 2001-12-18

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has published a call for proposals for indirect RTD (research and technological development) actions under the specific programme 'promotion of innovation and encouragement of SME participation'.

The purpose of the call is to make an effective contribution to developing, validating and implementing methodologies for promoting the integration of new technologies and analysing the technological, economic, organisational and social aspects observed in this process, and to disseminate and exploit the results which do not come from the thematic programmes.

Proposals must relate to innovation projects, will be financed as combined projects and will be evaluated at a single stage.

Approximately 20 million euro has been set aside for this call as the Community contribution, although this amount may be reviewed in the light of the budgetary resources available when the proposals are evaluated.

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The deadline for submitting proposal documents 15.03.2002.

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 358 of 15.12.2001, p.13
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, INNOVATION-SME
Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
Innovation Help Desk

E-mail: innovation@cec.eu.int
Fax +352 430 132084

Or consult the following web address:
http://www.cordis.lu/innovation-smes/src/cec-cont.htm


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10. Commission announces Descartes prize call for proposals

Record Control Number : 17782

Date : 2001-12-18

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has announced a call for proposals for indirect RTD (research and technological development) actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on improving the human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge base.

The primary objective of the distinctions for high level research work is to identify and to give public recognition and visibility to European researchers having successfully produced outstanding scientific or technological results through European collaborative research.

The Descartes prize will therefore be awarded to outstanding scientific and technological achievements resulting from European collaborative research involving teams established in Member States or Associated States. The minimum requirement is two mutually independent legal entities established in two different Member States or in a Member State and an Associated State. The competition is open to all fields of scientific endeavour, including social and economic sciences.

The Descartes prize will be financed as an 'accompanying measure'. Community financing will cover the awarding of monetary prizes and/or equivalent recognition, to the most deserving participants. Prize monies will be grated on the understanding that they are expected to be used in the furtherance of science and technology.

The indicative budget for the Community contribution for this call is one million euro.

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The deadline for submitting proposal documents is 15.03.2002.

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 358 of 15.12.2001, p.15
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, HUMAN POTENTIAL
Subject Index Codes : Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Research
Directorate C - European Research Area, Science and Society
B-1049 Brussels

E-mail: improving@cec.eu.int
Fax +32-2-296 7024

Or consult the following web address:
http://www.cordis.lu/improving


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