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28.02.2002

Informacje dotyczące Polski

1. Busquin urges candidate countries to use EU financial tools to support research

Przemawiając w Budapeszcie 25 lutego, Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Nauki, Filip Busquin zachęcał państwa kandydujące do Unii Europejskiej, aby korzystały z funduszy Phare, programu Komisji mającego na celu wsparcie działalności badawczej w wybranych państwach Europy centralnej i wschodniej.

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

2. SME environment in EU must improve, say ministers

Powinno się zwrócić szczególną uwagę na poprawę środowiska pracy dla małych i średnich firm, zgodzili się ministrowie Unii Europejskiej w sprawie polityki małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw, 23 lutego na konferencji w Aranjuez, koło Madrytu.

3. ESC welcomes Commission's simplified rules for participation in FP6

Europejski Komitet ds. ekonomicznych i socjalnych (ESC) przyjął pozytywnie oferty Komisji na temat zasad udziału w Szóstym Programie Ramowym (FP6), szczególnie większe uproszczenia i większą przejrzystość, ale nalegał aby Komisja zapewniła, że dla małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw nie wynikną żadne niekorzyści.

Wyniki badań

4. European researchers develop new technique for diagnosis of Ebola fever

Prostsza technika diagnozowania zakażenia wirusem Ebola została opracowana przez Afrykańskich i Europejskich naukowców pracujących razem w projekcie badawczym wspieranym przez Unię Europejską. Nowa epidemia tej śmiertelnej gorączki, na którą nie odkryto jeszcze leku, szerzyła się w Gabonie w Zachodniej Afryce w ostatnich miesiącach.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

5. Conference to focus on excellence in higher education

Akademia Europejska i Międzynarodowa Akademia Edukacji organizują konferencję na temat doskonałości w edukacji wyższej, która odbędzie się w Sztokholmie, w Szwecji, od 30 maja do 1 czerwca.

6. Conference provides global focus for innovators

Konferencja mająca na celu dostarczenie ogólnoświatowegej prezentacji dla wszystkich zaangażowanych w wymianę innowacji i wiedzy, odbędzie się w Birmingham od 10 do 12 lipca.

7. European summer university to examine innovation and business intelligence

Europejski letni uniwersytet na temat "Inteligencja innowacji i biznesu" odbędzie się w Cherburskiej Szkole Inżynierskiej, we Francji, od 29 czerwca do 19 lipca.

8. Portugal to host sixth European space power conference

Szósta Europejska Konferencja Energii Kosmicznej (espc-2002) odbędzie się w Porto, Portugalia, o 6 do 10 maja 2002.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

9. Corrigendum to call for tenders for submission and evaluation of FP6 proposals

Komisja Europejska wydała korektę do treści konkursu związanego z dostawą usług na "rozwój i dostarczenie usług wspierających składanie i ocenę ofert w Szóstym Programie Ramowym Komisji Europejskiej"

10. Prior information on organisation of IST events 2002 to 2004

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego wydał wcześniejszą informację o zaproszeniu do składania ofert na organizację wydarzeń związanych z programem "Przyjazne Społeczeństwo Informacyjne" IST w roku 2002-2003-2004, które miałyby się odbyć w Kopenhadze od 4 do 6 listopada 2002, w Milanie podczas drugiej połowy 2003 roku i w Holandii podczas drugiej połowy 2004 roku.

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1. Busquin urges candidate countries to use EU financial tools to support research

Record Control Number : 18052

Date : 2002-02-27

Category : General policy

General Information :

Speaking in Budapest, Hungary on 25 February, Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin urged the EU's candidate countries to use the Phare funds, a Commission programme aimed at supporting reform in certain Central and Eastern European countries, to support research activities.

Mr Busquin told Hungary's President Glatz, the Secretary of State for education and science, József Pálinkás and other members of his audience at the Hungarian Academy of science of his regret that the candidate countries often hesitate to make use of the Phare money to fund research, preferring to use it for economic or environmental activities.

'Nothing can however have more impact on growth, competitiveness, employment and quality of life as research and the building of strong competencies in this domain,' said Mr Busquin.

The Commissioner called on the candidate countries to make more use of this tool to facilitate their integration into the European research effort, and encouraged the use of all financial instruments for cohesion for the support of research, technological development, technology transfer and innovation.

Mr Busquin claimed that the forthcoming enlargement of the EU was central to his proposals for creating a European research area (ERA) , citing two reasons for the link between the two EU ventures.

'Firstly, the extension of the Union to a greater number of extremely diverse countries makes the limits and forms of collaboration which we have had until now particularly evident as well as the necessity of going beyond simple joint projects,' said the Commissioner.

'Secondly, the European research area project reminds us [...] of the freedom of circulation for scientists, techniques and knowledge which existed before the development of nation states, especially in the Europe of the Middle Ages and that of Enlightenment,' said Mr Busquin, saying that it makes sense to have this form of coordination in Europe once again.

A special effort has been made to facilitate the participation of the candidate countries since their association agreements were made, said Mr Busquin, and he promised that this effort will continue and will be intensified if and where necessary. A priority is to encourage and facilitate the presence of candidate country universities, research centres and enterprises, particularly SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) in the networks of excellence and integrated projects, two of the new tools proposed for the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) .

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on a speech by Philippe Busquin
Programme Acronym : PHARE, FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research, Policies, Regional Development
Contact Person : For further information on the Phare programme, please consult the
following web address:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg1a/phare/index.htm
Related News : 17648

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2. SME environment in EU must improve, say ministers

Record Control Number : 18048

Date : 2002-02-26

Category : General policy

General Information :

Special attention should be dedicated to improving the working environment for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) , EU ministers for SME policy agreed at a conference held in Aranjuez, near Madrid on 23 February.

With EU Commissioner for Enterprise and Information society, Erkki Liikanen, in attendance, ministers agreed that an informal meeting of SME ministers should take place ahead of the spring summit.

Spanish Minister for the economy and current President of ECOFIN (Council of economic and finance ministers) , Rodrigo Rato, supported changes in bankruptcy laws (to make it easier for honest SMEs to get restarted) and making it cheaper and easier to establish SMEs. He added that the real need was to attain the goals set out at the Lisbon summit two years ago.

The main issues that were discussed by delegates at the meeting included improving taxation and financing measures applicable to SMEs, encouraging better use of information technologies by SMEs (especially in relations between SMEs and public authorities) , alternative regulation for SMEs to make operations easier and improved training. Two pressing issues which need to be addressed are the amount of capital and the length of time needed to establish an SME.

Mr Liikanen outlined the priorities of the European charter for SMEs, whose 10 priority lines focus on many of the issues discussed, and stressed that there still remains much to be done.

A report on the decisions and issues discussed in Aranjuez is to be sent to the European Council in Barcelona.

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Data Source Provider : Presidency
Document Reference : Based on information from the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, INNOVATION-SME, MS-E C
Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Information Processing,
Information Systems, Economic Aspects


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3. ESC welcomes Commission's simplified rules for participation in FP6

Record Control Number : 18060

Date : 2002-02-28

Category : General policy

General Information :

The European Economic and Social Committee (ESC) has welcomed the Commission's proposals on rules for participation in the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) , particularly the increased simplification and greater transparency, but urged the Commission to ensure that SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) are not disadvantaged in any way.

'The Committee welcomes the proposals inasmuch as they will provide greater flexibility, more transparency and equal access,' reads the ESC opinion. It particularly welcomes the Commission's proposals to lift the requirement of provision of a bank guarantee, which it believes to be costly and difficult to secure, and to introduce a system of advance payments instead of reimbursing expenses, which has led to cash flow problems.

The ESC believes that these two processes will benefit SMEs, 'who should be considered the priority target of the Sixth RTD [research and technological development] framework programme, given their crucial role in developing European competitiveness and employment. '

The Committee would however like to see moves to simplify the process of dossier submission, and calls for an action plan outlining such procedures. The Committee also regrets that the Commission has not taken up the ESC's proposals to simplify procedures and facilitate the participation of SMEs, for instance by decentralising pre-selection systems and granting overall subsidies to intermediaries.

Members of the ESC welcomed the initiative of making business associations eligible as entities and suggested that trans-national cooperation projects by business groupings are also made eligible, aiming to set up a permanent framework for technological cooperation between companies.

Regarding joint liability of project participants, the ESC is hesitant, believing that this could discourage large groups from associating with small entities, fearing that they may default. To reduce this risk, the Committee suggests the introduction of an insurance scheme, which would be covered by the EU budget, and allow the Union to defend its own financial interests. Concerned that this could reduce the financial resources available for research, the ESC suggests operating a pilot scheme.

On the new instruments proposed for FP6, the ESC recommends leaving the choice of which one to use open to project operators. 'The various operating modes would thus be offered as a 'toolbox' from which it would be possible to choose individual instruments depending on needs,' states the ESC opinion. The Committee also asks for clarification on the way in which networks of excellence are to be selected.

The Committee approves the opportunity given to consortia to arrange their own competitive calls for work or to extend activities, and suggests that, in order to ensure transparency, these calls are published on CORDIS.

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Data Source Provider : ESC
Document Reference : Based on the ESC opinion INT/123
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Economic Aspects, Policies
Contact Person : For further information on the ESC, please consult the following
web address:
http://www.esc.eu.int

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4. European researchers develop new technique for diagnosis of Ebola fever

Record Control Number : 18047

Date : 2002-02-26

Category : Result

General Information :

A simpler technique for the diagnosis of Ebola virus infection has been developed by African and European researchers working together in an EU-supported research project. A new epidemic of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, for which a cure has not yet been found, has been sweeping the Gabon in Western Africa in recent months.

Researchers have developed and tested a new diagnostic technique based on the detection of viral genomes in the patient's blood. The new simplified test provides the same level of sensitivity as the standard test, allowing patients to be checked far more quickly for infection. The ultimate aim of the scientific cooperation is to achieve mass production of the test once its evaluation is completed.

Philippe Busquin, the EU's Research Commissioner, said: 'This breakthrough shows the value of international, multi-disciplinary cooperation between African and European research teams in such a vital area for human health where the impact stretches beyond the frontiers of a single country and even a single continent. In particular, better knowledge, better early detection and better treatment of diseases such as Ebola fever are essential for us all. '

The project, which began in 1998, was co-financed by a European Commission donation of 500,000 euro under the international cooperation thematic priority of the Fourth Framework programme for research (FP4) . The initiative brought together researchers from the Centre de Recherche Mérieux-Pasteur in Lyon, France, the laboratories of the Centre International de Recherche Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Marburg Institut für Virologie in Germany, the Rotterdam Instituut voor Virologie in the Netherlands and the Institute Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, Africa.

The Ebola virus, which has been known in Africa since 1976, is a virulent and highly contagious disease with a death rate of up to 88 per cent of those infected. Identifying haemorrhagic fever such as Ebola is made difficult by the lack of specific symptoms at the onset of the disease.

The latest outbreak of Ebola in the Gabon began at the end of last year. It follows previous outbreaks in the area in 1994, 1995 and 1996. There so far have been 42 confirmed cases in the latest epidemic, 34 of them fatal.

A spokesperson for Mr Busquin said that the evaluation of the new test, which is being used for the current Ebola outbreak in the Gabon, will be completed at the end of March 2002.

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Data Source Provider : Commission Press Room
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 4C, INCO
Subject Index Codes : Medicine, Health, Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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5. Conference to focus on excellence in higher education

Record Control Number : 18039

Date : 2002-02-22

Category : Event

General Information :

The Academia Europaea and International academy of education are holding a conference on excellence in higher education in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 May to 1 June.

Bursaries may be available for participants from Central, Eastern and Southern European institutions and young researchers.

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Data Source Provider : Academia Europaea
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Teresa
Tel: +44 20 7734 5402
E-mail (quoting 'Excellence' as the subject title) :
acadeuro@compuserve.com


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6. Conference provides global focus for innovators

Record Control Number : 18045

Date : 2002-02-25

Category : Event

General Information :

A conference aiming to provide a global focus for those involved in innovation and knowledge exchange will take place in Birmingham, UK on 10 to 12 July.

The three day conference, 'Competing in the knowledge economy' will focus on a different issue on each of the three days: globalisation, managing the knowledge economy, and sustainability and the quality of life. Each theme will be addressed by a range of distinguished international speakers.

In addition to parallel sessions, participants will also have the opportunity to take part in extended workshops focusing on establishing small firms as global players, making the most of e-business and sustainability: translating the message for small firms.

Throughout the conference there will be displays of technology transfer activities from various organisations around the world.

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Data Source Provider : TCD
Document Reference : TCD
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Coordination, Cooperation


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7. European summer university to examine innovation and business intelligence

Record Control Number : 18056

Date : 2002-02-27

Category : Event

General Information :

A European summer university on the topic of 'Innovation and business intelligence' will take place at the Cherbourg Engineering School in France from 29 June to 19 July 2002.

The event, the first of its kind to be organised by the school, aims to increase students' awareness of the importance of innovation to the economy and the role of business intelligence as a catalyst for innovation within companies. It will also allow students to identify the tools and methods needed to set up a system for the preparatory phase of technological innovation.

The project is currently looking for lecturers for the suggested courses.

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Data Source Provider : Cherbourg Engineering School
Document Reference : Based on information provided by Cherbourg Engineering School
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Laurent Lecoeur
Assistant International Coordinator
Cherbourg Engineering School
University of Caen Normandy
Rue Louis Aragon BP 78
50130 Cherbourg Octeville
France
Tel: +33-2-33014134
Fax: +33-2-33014201
E-mail: laurent.lecoeur@chbg.unicaen.fr
http://www.chbg.unicaen.fr/eic/UEE


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8. Portugal to host sixth European space power conference

Record Control Number : 18063

Date : 2002-02-28

Category : Event

General Information :

The sixth European space power conference (espc-2002) will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 6 to 10 May 2002.

The event, sponsored by the European space agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Universidade de Porto, aims to bring together many issues related to spacecraft power systems within a single event. Emphasis will be given to generating awareness of the interactive nature of many specific disciplines.

Topics covered will include power systems, photovoltaic power generation, energy storage, power conditioning and distribution, high voltage conversion and related design technology.

Portugal became an official member of the European space agency in 2001. The conference will provide an opportunity to foster interest and cooperation in space activities with Portugal.

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Data Source Provider : ESA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ESA
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research
Contact Person :
For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/conferences/espc-2002/index.html

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej


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9. Corrigendum to call for tenders for submission and evaluation of FP6 proposals

Record Control Number : 18044

Date : 2002-02-25

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has issued a corrigendum to a call for tenders related to a service provider for the 'development and provision of services in support of the submission and evaluation of proposals within the Sixth Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration. '

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7. Duration of contract: the initial contract will be for nine months, and may be renewed for a further three periods of 12 months each, followed by a final renewal of up to a maximum of 9 months.

8 (b) Final date for making such requests: 4.3.2002.

9 (a) Final date for submission of tenders: 18.3.2002.

10 (b) Date, time and place of the opening: Tenders will be opened in public on 22.3.2002 (10.00) , on the premises of DG Research, Square de Meeűs 8, B-1050 Brussels.

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7. Duration of contract: The initial contract will be for 12 months, and may be renewed for a further three periods of 12 months each, followed by a final renewal of up to a maximum of six months.

8 (b) Final date for making such requests: 12.3.2002

9(a) Final date for submission of tenders: 26.3.2002.

10 (b) Date, time and place of the opening: tenders will be opened in public on 4.4.2002 (10.00) , on the premises of DG Research, Square de Meeűs 8, B-1050 Brussels.

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The deadline for requesting tender documents is 12-03-2002.
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 26-03-2002.

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 39-029913 of 25-02-2002, p. 77
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C
Subject Index Codes : Evaluation, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General research
Office: EPSS/ESP-FP6, SDME 6/54 Responsible Officer: JP Renney
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-299 3683
Fax +32-2-295 1357
E-mail: john-philip.renney@cec.eu.int


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10. Prior information on organisation of IST events 2002 to 2004

Record Control Number : 18050

Date : 2002-02-26

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Information Society DG of the European Commission has issued a prior information notice for an invitation to tender for the organisation of 'Information society technologies' IST 2002-2003-2004 events to be held in Copenhagen on 4 to 6 November 2002, in Milan during the second half of 2003 and in the Netherlands during the second half of 2004.

The contract will involve the preparation and organisation of three three-day events. These events will comprise conferences, including multimedia facilities and prize-giving ceremonies, as well as exhibitions which will take place over an approximate gross surface area of 4,000 square metres.

The events will be held under the Fifth and Sixth Framework programmes for information society technologies, and under the programme for research, technological development and demonstration of European Union multimedia, communication and information technologies.

Maximum value envisaged: 12,000,000 euro.

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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 40-030572 of 26-02-2002, p. 110
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST, FRAMEWORK 6C
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Telecommunications,
Information, Media
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Information Society
Directorate F/0
BU 33 2/24
rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2968009
Fax +32-2-2962140


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