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14.03.2002

Informacje dotyczące Polski

1. Mitsos reassures candidate country researchers on new tools for FP6

Państwa kandydujące nie odczują trudności związanych z nowymi instrumentami proponowanymi w Szóstym Programie Ramowym (FP6) ani przez różne punkty startowe w których rozpoczną pełne uczestnictwo w programie, powiedział Dyrektor Główny ds. Badań Achilles Mitsos przemawiając na konferencji "Powiększanie Europy: nowe możliwości fundowania badań", która odbyła się w 7 marca w Bonn.

2. Marie Curie fellowships to encourage two way researcher mobility in FP6

Stypendia Marii Curie są jednymi ze środków przez które Komisja zapewni mobilność pomiędzy obecymi państwami kandydującymi do Unii Europejskiej i państwami członkowskimi w Szóstym Programie Ramowym (FP6), powiedział 7 marca Georges Bingen, przewodniczący jednostki stypendiów Marii Curie Komisji Europejskiej.

3. Biomedical engineers call for more opportunities in FP6

Według otwartego listu wysłanego do Członka Komisji Europejskiej Filipa Busquina, potrzeba więcej możliwości aby włączyć inżynierów biomedycznych w Szósty Program Ramowy,

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

4. Commission warning 'rings alarm bell' for consequences of Galileo failure

Europejski przemysł nowoczesnych technologii i miliony euro zysków ekonomicznych są zagrożone, jeśli system nawigacji satelitarnej Galileo nie dostanie w tym miesiącu pozwolenia na realizację od Europejskiej Rady Transportu, wynika z informacji udzielonej 12 marca przez Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Transportu i Energii.

Różne wiadomości

5. CoR President calls for integration of EU R&D programmes with regional strategies

Nowo wybrany prezydent Komitetu Regionów (CoR), Albert Bore, wezwał liderów Unii Europejskiej na spotakniu Rady Europejskiej w Barcelonie, aby rozpoznawali rolę regionów w stymulowaniu badań i rozwoju, konkurencyjności i edukacji.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

6. NESIS event to examine benchmarking issues

Konferencja NESIS (Nowe ekonomiczne statystyczne systemy informacyjne) odbędzie się w Olimpii, w Grecji, od 10 do 14 czerwca 2002.

7. Barcelona conference to examine preservation of electronic information

Temat "Dostęp i zbezpieczenie informacji elektronicznej: najlepsze praktyki i rozwiązania" będzie rozważany na forum DLM 2002, które odbędzie się od 6 do 8 maja 2002 w Barcelonie.

8. Training women researchers how to manage EU R&D projects

Centrum doskonałości - kobiety w nauce (CEWS) i Europejskie Stowarzyszenie Menedżerów i Administratorów Badań (EARMA) organizuje trzydniowy kurs dla kobiet na temat trenowania kobiet naukowców jak zarządzać i administrować Programami Ramowymi Badań i Rozwoju Unii Europejskiej.

9. Seminar to focus on sustainable development in the Black Sea region

Międzynarodowe seminarium na temat wkładu zespołowego i wieloprofesjonalnego podejścia do zrównoważenia odbędzie się w Mamai, w Rumunii, od 27 do 29 września 2002.

10. Commission acts to help researchers acquire biotech business skills

Komisja Europejska wspiera inicjatywę, która ma na celu pomóc badaczom i naukowcom zdobyć umiejętnosci potrzebne do tego aby zamienić dobry pomysł biotechnologiczny na udaną propozycję biznesową.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

11. Tender for strategic evaluation of EU financial assistance schemes for SMEs

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Budżetu wydał ogłoszenie o konkursie na wycenę strategiczną schematów finansowych Unii Europejskiej dla małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw.

12. Prior information on economic research services and special services to international organisms

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Przedsiębiorstw wydał wcześniejszą informację o konkursie na usługi badań ekonomicznych i specjalne usługi dla organizacji międzynarodowych.

13. Prior information on promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Przedsiębiorstw wydał wcześniejszą informację o konkursie na promocję przedsiębiorczości oraz małych i średnich przedsiębiorstw.

14. Prior information notice on services, commerce, tourism, e-business and IDA

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Przedsiębiorstw wydał wcześniejszą informację o konkursach na usługi, handel, turystykę, e-biznes oraz IDA (wymianę danych pomiędzy administracjami).

15. Hungary launches fellowship for foreign researchers

Węgierski Minister ds. Edukacji, Józef Pálinkás, ogłosił wprowadzenie nowego stypendium dla zagranicznych naukowców, mającego na celu promocję doskonałości na Węgrzech.

Informacje dotyczące Polski


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1. Mitsos reassures candidate country researchers on new tools for FP6

Record Control Number : 18095

Date : 2002-03-08

Category : General policy

General Information :

Candidate countries will not be disadvantaged by the new instruments proposed for the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) nor the different starting points at which the countries will begin fully participating in the programme, according to Research DG Director-General Achilleas Mitsos speaking at the conference 'European enlargement: new opportunities for research funding', held in Bonn, Germany on 7 March.

Representatives from various candidate countries praised the idea of integrated projects and networks of excellence, but expressed concern that their lack of facilities may mean that they lose out in the next Framework programme,

'All players are playing by the same rules, but do not have the same opportunities at the beginning. They are coming from different starting places,' said Dr Karel Jungwirth, former vice president of the Czech Academy of sciences. Professor Wojciech Maciejewski, Chairman of the Commission for international programmes at the Polish University rectors' conference in Warsaw, Poland, added that he was worried integrated projects would only mean big projects, which would disadvantage smaller countries.

'The issue is not big projects versus small projects. It's not the size of the project that makes it more or less efficient,' said Dr Mitsos in response. 'The objective is not to go for big against small, but to go for integrated instead of dispersed efforts.'

Asked by CORDIS News why he thought he often has to reassure researchers that they will not lose out once FP6 is operational, he said he thought people were afraid of change. 'Change scares people. This is normal, but not necessarily right,' he said.

Dr Mitsos emphasised that FP6 will see a huge reduction in bureaucracy, and expressed his surprise that those who previously criticised the Framework programmes' bureaucracy were now questioning the simplicity which FP6 is set to bring.

Networks of excellence will also be beneficial for candidate and smaller countries he said, underlining that they are not intended to be a network of large entities and that all candidate countries have excellent scientists. He also told CORDIS News that, following a call for expressions of interest, the core of the network will begin to form. 'The networks will grow. They will bring people together who have not been cooperating. It's a process,' said Dr Mitsos. Dr Jungwirth, was however concerned that a lack of facilities in some countries, mean that 'there is a difference between excellent scientists and excellent labs'.

In a discussion on the often weaker research infrastructure in the candidate countries, Andrzej Siemaszko, from the Polish Academy of science and also the national contact point in Warsaw requested that the EU's structural funds be used to improve research infrastructure in the candidate countries. Karsten Brenner from the German Federal Ministry of education and research also stated that the Community should consider whether it could provide 'even more specific support to the applicant countries trying to strengthen their industry's innovation basis.'

Responding to the proposal, Dr Mitsos reminded participants that the allocation of these funds is decided by the Member States and not by the Commission. While he conceded that this is indeed the case, Norbert Kroó, Secretary-General of the Hungarian Academy of scientists told CORDIS News that he would like to see the Commission influence the Member States' discussions on the allocation of structural funds. 'The Commission could say 'we would like to have some of the money spent on research infrastructure',' said Professor Kroo.

Dr Mitsos declared his opposition to the use of such funds for research in candidate countries, claiming that he fought against cohesion measures during preliminary discussion on FP6 because 'the worst possible assumption is that candidate countries are less than excellent and that they need something to become excellent. [...] This doesn't mean we shouldn't encourage participation, but we shouldn't use a bonus,' he said.

Troubled by the concern expressed by researchers, Dr Mitsos announced that seven seminars will take place during March, which will examine the costs and benefits of the different instruments for each FP6 priority area. 'We are ready to reply to any initiative, to explain and to analyse,' Dr Mitsos told CORDIS News.

During April, the Commission will also meet with representatives from the candidate country research ministries in order to discuss the legal basis for the candidate countries' participation in FP6, namely what the financial contribution of the candidate countries should be, whether it should continue as it has been, or whether it should change.

'The Commission view is that it wants to be sure the candidate countries will fully participate, and therefore won't bring about proposals that will make it difficult to do this,' said Dr Mitsos. 'The contribution must be the same for all candidate countries,' he added.

More important for Dr Mitsos is that the candidate countries will be participating in the next Framework programme, and that this 'should not be seen as a concession, as lip service. [...] It is clearly in the interest of present Member States, future Member States and more generally, Europe,' he said.

Professor Kroo welcomed this statement and asserted that it is important for the candidate countries to participate in FP6 from day one, 'not because we fear we will lose out on euros, but because it is important for other members to see us as full participants from the beginning, and not to hesitate about working with us.'

The Bonn event was organised by the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for education and research and the European liaison office of the German research organisations (KoWi) .

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News attendance at Commission/bmb+f/KoWi event and interviews
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News attendance at Commission/bmb+f/KoWi event and interviews
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Regional Development, Policies, Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:
http://www.kowi.de/aktuelles


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2. Marie Curie fellowships to encourage two way researcher mobility in FP6

Record Control Number : 18100

Date : 2002-03-11

Category : General policy

General Information :

Marie Curie fellowships are one means by which the Commission will ensure mobility between the current EU candidate countries and Member States in the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) , Georges Bingen, Head of unit for the Commission's Marie Curie fellowships unit, said on 7 March.

Speaking at the 'European enlargement: new opportunities for research funding' event, organised by the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of education and research and the European liaison office of the German research organisations (KoWi) , Mr Bingen highlighted how the Marie Curie schemes under FP6 will provide maximum continuity and increased flexibility.

In FP6, the scheme will also be open to third country nationals, and participants will not be subject to any age restrictions. A reintegration measure is also proposed, including incentives to return to Europe from abroad. Whereas the present framework programme, FP5, saw only return salary costs fellowships for researchers returning to the Community's less favoured regions, FP6 will introduce reintegration grants for researchers returning to all EU countries or Associated States.

Mr Bingen added that the Commission will also seek to promote excellence through the Marie Curie schemes in FP6, with the introduction of Marie Curie excellence grants, chairs and excellence awards.

One concern among candidate countries is that increased researcher mobility will mean a brain drain from the Central and East European countries to the West. Regarding the Marie Curie fellowships, Mr Bingen stated that the applications selected under FP5 up to February 2002 have meant that 14 per cent of fellowship holders have moved from candidate countries to the EU. However, only 0.5 per cent of fellowship holders have moved from the EU to one of the candidate countries.

Responding to the fear of a brain drain, Norbert Kroó, Secretary-General of the Hungarian Academy of sciences said that the concept is not necessarily a bad thing.

'Brain drain should not be considered negatively. If a scientist can make more of a contribution somewhere else, that is a benefit to society. What we must do is work on the replacements,' he said.

Professor Wojciech Maciejewski, Chairman of the Commission for international programmes of the Polish University rectors' conference, expressed the concern that it is more difficult to find short placements abroad for researchers than placements for the entire duration of a PhD. This poses the problem that many candidate countries are reluctant to sent their top young scientists abroad to do their entire PhD. Andrzej Siemaszko, from the Polish Academy of science and also the national contact point in Warsaw, was more positive. He said that while Poland has trouble sending post doc students abroad because they don't have many, Poland currently has a very high student population as well as high unemployment, which he believes is likely to lead to a higher number of students remaining in academia.

Dietrich Elchlepp from the German Federal Ministry of education and research suggested that one of the reasons why few researchers go to the candidate countries is that the institutions are unknown. He asked those present to consider how awareness of universities and research centres in the Central and East European countries could be raised.

In addition to cooperation with the EU, many candidate countries and Associated States and third countries are carrying on their traditions of regional cooperation, for example the Visegrad Four (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) , the Baltic States and the Balkans. Talking to CORDIS News, Professor Kroó said that while cooperation is good, and both tradition and historical contacts should be preserved, 'these regions should not become ghettos, the iron curtain should not be reconstructed from the inside.'

Professor Kroó lauded the role that science can play in regions such as the Balkans, describing it as a 'stabilising factor'. He added that 'money saved by not being afraid of an enemy in the East can be used to fund this stability in terms of science.'

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News attendance at a Commission/bmb+f/KoWi event
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News attendance at a Commission/bmb+f/KoWi event
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, HUMAN POTENTIAL, FRAMEWORK 6C
Subject Index Codes : Social Aspects, Education, Training, Coordination, Cooperation, Policies
Contact Person : For information on the event, please consult the following web
address:
http://www.kowi.de/aktuelles


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3. Biomedical engineers call for more opportunities in FP6

Record Control Number : 18107

Date : 2002-03-12

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

More opportunities are needed to involve biomedical engineers in the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) , according to an open letter sent to EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.

The letter is signed by 108 scientists and researchers from all over the EU, as well as representatives from third countries such as the USA, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Poland, the Ukraine and Israel. It claims that biomedical engineering had a specific action dedicated to it in the Fourth Framework programme and biomedical engineers could play an integral and multidisciplinary role in many of the Fifth Framework's projects, particularly under its quality of life programme, but FP6 offers little or nothing for them.

'Many of us were confident that the role of biomedical engineering would be acknowledged in the new Framework programme. Biomedical engineering research is one of the few research fields that easily combines social and economic goals...Based on the information currently available such great expectations will not be fulfilled,' reads the letter.

The signatories go on to suggest four actions be taken to address the issue of a lack of biomedical engineering involvement in the Framework programme. Firstly, it recommends that the Commission establish a European institute of health, which contains an institute for medical and biological engineering research. Secondly, the Commission should extend the concept of biotechnology to all technologies related to biotechnological research. Thirdly, the Commission should consider biomedical engineering as one of the key topics around which the European research area (ERA) should be developed. Finally, the Commission should include biotechnology outcome studies with policy-oriented research in the eighth priority of FP6, 'Anticipating scientific and technological needs.'

The letter claims that the opportunities afforded by European Commission research grants give biomedical engineers an opportunity to work 'outside the logic of power lobbies and asphyxiating academic traditions so common in some of the Member States.' It warns that 'biomedical engineers may be able to live without the European framework programme, but we doubt Europe can live and prosper without biomedical engineering.'

A Commission spokesperson said that a full reaction to the letter would only be available after the Commission had received the results of a call on accompanying measures in this area, which may yield some new projects.

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Data Source Provider : MBE Europe
Document Reference : Based on a letter sent to Commissioner Busquin
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 4C, FRAMEWORK 5C, FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Biotechnology, Medicine, Health, Policies
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.ior.it/multimod/letter_to_busquin.html

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne


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4. Commission warning 'rings alarm bell' for consequences of Galileo failure

Record Control Number : 18117

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : General policy

General Information :

Europe's high-tech industries and millions of euro of economic benefits are at risk unless the Galileo satellite navigation system is given the go-ahead at the European Transport Council later this month, according to a statement issued by the European Commission's Transport and Energy DG on 12 March.

'It is crucial for Europe and the world as a whole to have a choice and not to remain dependent on the current monopoly of the American GPS system which is less advanced, less efficient and less reliable, ' the document says, adding that 'the Commission is not ringing the alarm bell without good reason.'

It states that 'Galileo is not expensive,' and that the investment required is less than the cost of building the new airport terminal at Heathrow and equal to the cost of 150 km of semi-urban motorway. It adds that funding for Galileo 'will be entirely covered by the EU budget,' and Member States will not have to fork out from their national budgets.

The Commission says that Galileo is vital for the future of European high-tech industries and that the loss of the project

- 'an essential technological advance in the context of tomorrow's world competition'

- would have a serious knock-on effect on EU competitiveness and employment. 'While the cost of establishing Galileo represents some 3.2 to 3.4 billion euro,' says the Commission, 'the cost of abandoning the project is immense. Considering only the economic implications, 100,000 new jobs and an equipment and services market of some 10 billion euro per annum by 2010 are at stake.'

It adds that 'the development prospects are enormous; as with the microcomputer 20 years ago or the Internet 10 years ago, it is highly likely that at the moment we can only see the tip of the iceberg.' Without Galileo, the Commission warns that the development and even the survival of European new technology sectors would be under very serious threat.

The Commission also highlights that the Galileo system would not benefit Europe alone, emphasising that 'the EU has clearly stated that it is willing to involve interested non-Member countries in the research, development and industrial commissioning work of the Galileo project.'

The Commission's statement repudiates US claims that the Galileo system is unnecessary, and says the US argument that GPS is free while Galileo will charge for its services 'does not hold water' as Galileo will be free for basic applications and charge only for applications of a high service level which GPS cannot itself provide. The Commission says that 'the United States, which preaches the gospel of free competition, is doing its utmost to avoid competition since it may lose its dominant position.'

In addition, the document outlines a number of shortcomings of the US system. The accuracy of GPS is at times as low as several dozen metres, coverage and penetration can be unreliable and 'the predominantly military character of GPS means that there is always a risk of civilian users being cut off in the event of a crisis' with potentially disastrous consequences. The document points to 'a total absence of guarantee and responsibility' in GPS, adding that the GPS III project to upgrade the American system will not resolve all of its shortcomings.

'For these reasons, among others, the EU wishes to develop, with Galileo, a system over which it has control, and which meets the need for accuracy, reliability and security,' the document states. It argues that Galileo offers superior and constant accuracy and genuine continuity of public service.

There is also an urgent call for a final decision on the launch of the Galileo project to be made no later than the meeting of EU Transport Council on 25 March in order to meet 'pressing timetable constraints.' Unless the first operational satellites are launched before 13 February 2006, the radio frequencies needed for Galileo will be lost. In addition, private companies, which have mobilised teams of engineers for the preliminary definition phase, may have to dissolve them for lack of funding. A study on the financial viability of the Galileo project carried out by PriceWaterhouseCoopers also stresses that the system must come into operation in 2008 in order to take up the market shares available before the possible arrival of the upgraded American GPS III.

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Data Source Provider : Transport and Energy DG
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Transport and Energy DG
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Transport, Other Technology, Scientific
Research, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : To view the full document, please consult the following web address:


http://europa.eu.int/comm/energy_transport/en/gal_doc_en.html
Related News : 18101

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5. CoR President calls for integration of EU R&D programmes with regional strategies

Record Control Number : 18119

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

The newly-elected President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) , Albert Bore, has called for EU leaders meeting at the Barcelona European Council to recognise the role of the regions in boosting research and development (R&D) , competitiveness and education.

In an open letter to the members of the European Council, the leader of the EU's assembly of local and regional representatives calls on the Council to draw on the experience of the Europe's regions in encouraging competitiveness and improving education and training.

Mr Bore also highlights the need to improve Internet access for schools. He recommends a strengthening of the 'human element' in the Commission's current proposals on Internet access, as 'while it is important to install the hardware, it is even more important to ensure it is used effectively.'

The CoR President also stresses the key role of the regions in the promotion of research and development, which the committee says is 'of central importance to the EU's future economic growth.' Mr Bore argues that the European Council should promote ways of designing EU R&D strategies which complement regional economic strategies.

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Data Source Provider : Committee of the Regions
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Committee of the Regions
Subject Index Codes : Regional Development, Scientific Research, Information Processing,
Information Systems, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Committee of the Regions
Rue Montoyer 92 -102
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2822155
Fax: +32-2-2822085
http://www.cor.eu.int

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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6. NESIS event to examine benchmarking issues

Record Control Number : 18097

Date : 2002-03-08

Category : Event

General Information :

A NESIS (New economy statistical information systems) conference will take place in Olympia, Greece, from 10 to 14 June 2002.

The event aims to focus debate on key areas of benchmarking in the new economy, including policies, indicators and related methodological and statistical issues.

The NESIS project is funded by the European Commission under the IST (information society technologies) programme of the Fifth Framework programme for research (FP5) . It aims to help develop and evaluate European benchmarking indicators, with activities based around four key policy areas: the new information economy and e-Europe, productivity and competitiveness in the new information economy, human investment in the new information economy and social inclusion in the new information economy.

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Data Source Provider : Informer/Artemis
Document Reference : Based on information provided by Informer/Artemis
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems
Contact Person : For further information about the event and call for papers, and to
register, please consult the following web address:
http://nesis.jrc.it

or contact:

Ms Vassiliki TSIGROS
Tel: +352-45-914587
E-mail: vassi.vanbemten@artemis.lu


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7. Barcelona conference to examine preservation of electronic information

Record Control Number : 18098

Date : 2002-03-08

Category : Event

General Information :

The theme of 'access and preservation of electronic information: best practices and solutions' will be examined at the DLM-Forum 2002, to be held from 6 to 8 May 2002 in Barcelona, Spain.

The forum aims to look at best practices and solutions in accessing and preserving electronic information, from the perspective of both hardware and software developers and users in public administration and archives.

Presentations and discussions will focus on proven practical applications and ongoing projects. Users will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and needs with representatives from the ICT (information and communication technologies) industry.

The event will also examine the creation of a Europe-wide network of excellence on electronic archives in order to boost Member State, regional and Community-level cooperation in the area.

Six industry papers on key areas of technology and application will be presented, including content management, user access and information protection, long-term availability and preservation and education, training and operation.

The forum will include an exhibition of suppliers of electronic document and content management, including the latest technologies for the capture, management, storage and delivery of electronic information.

DLM is an acronym for the French 'données lisibles par machine,' or 'machine readable data.'

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A reduced registration fee will be available until 15-03-2002. The
final date for registration is 20-04-2002.

Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the European Commission
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Information, Media,
Social Aspects
Contact Person : For further information and to register, please consult the
following web address:

http://www.dlmforum2002.org/angles/inscripcions.htm


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8. Training women researchers how to manage EU R&D projects

Record Control Number : 18123

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : Event

General Information :

The Centre of excellence

- women in science (CEWS) and the European association of research managers and administrators (EARMA) is organising a three day course for women on training women researchers how to manage and administer EU R&D (research and development) Framework programmes.

Days one and two will be held in Bonn on 16 and 17 April, Germany, and the final day on 17 May in Brussels, where a visit to the European Commission will be included. Day one will focus on how to write a competitive proposal for EU R&D programmes, day two on how to negotiate, manage and administer an EU R&D contract, and day three on how to write a technology implementation plan. //CPA For further information, please consult the following web addresses: http://www.hyperion.ie/proposalcontent.htm http://www.hyperion.ie/managementcontent.htm http://www.hyperion.ie/tipcontent.htm

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Data Source Provider : Forschungszentrum Jülich
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training


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9. Seminar to focus on sustainable development in the Black Sea region

Record Control Number : 18125

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : Event

General Information :

An international seminar on team input and multiprofessional approaches to sustainability will take place in Mamaia, Romania on 27 to 29 September 2002.

The aim of the event is to strengthen links, make new contacts, exchange experience and identify new projects for environmentally focused approaches to sustainable development in the Black Sea region.

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The conference languages will be English and French

Data Source Provider : Black Sea Operational Centre
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Subject Index Codes : Environmental Protection, Resources of the Sea, Fisheries,
Coordination, Cooperation, Regional Development
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Alexandru Bologa
E-mail: abologa@alpha.rmri.ro

or
Roger Charlier
E-mail: roger.charlier@pophost.eunet.be


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10. Commission acts to help researchers acquire biotech business skills

Record Control Number : 18126

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : Event

General Information :

The European Commission is supporting an initiative which aims to help researchers and scientists to acquire the skills needed to turn a good biotechnology idea into a successful business proposition.

The Commission has awarded 193,000 euro to the Eurobiobiz company to host a series of workshops designed to educate potential biotech entrepreneurs on business requirements. Designed to deal with the specific characteristics of the biotechnology sector, the workshops will look at issues such as business plans, the dynamics of start-ups and securing capital.

This will be the third round of this sort of workshop, following two previous successful rounds in previous years, with 25 of previous participants having gone on to establish their own companies. The funding for them comes under the Commission's 'Quality of life' programme, part of the Fifth Framework programme.

Workshops will take place between February 2002 and May 2003 in the following cities

Heidelberg (D)

- March 26 to 28, 2002 Paris (F)

- April 9 to 11, 2002 Amsterdam (NL)

- May 28 to 30, 2002 Milan (I)

- June 18 to 20, 2002 Strasbourg (F)

- July 2 to 4, 2002 Madrid (E)

- September 17 to 19, 2002 Stockholm (S)

- October 19 to 21, 2002 Dublin (IRL)

- November 5 to 7, 2002 Prague (CZ)

- December 3 to 5, 2002 Berlin (D)

- January 21 to 23, 2003 Paris (F)

- February 18 to 20, 2003 Warsaw (PL)

- March 18 to 20, 2003 Hamburg (D)

- April 15 to 17, 2003 Vienna (A)

- May 20 to 22, 2003

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Candidates will be selected according to the maturity of their
start up and their ability to show at least a basic understanding
of the issues and skills involved.

Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information supplied by the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C
Subject Index Codes : Innovation, Technology Transfer, Information, Media
Contact Person : For further information please contact:
Stéphane Hogan
Research DG
Tel: +32-2-2962965
Fax: +32-2-2958220
E-mail: stephane.hogan@cec.eu.int

or visit the following web address:
http://www.eurobiobiz.com/index1.htm

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej


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11. Tender for strategic evaluation of EU financial assistance schemes for SMEs

Record Control Number : 18113

Date : 2002-03-13

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Budget DG of the European Commission has issued a call for tenders for a strategic evaluation of the European Union's financial assistance schemes for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) .

The principal aim of the strategic evaluations is to provide useful factors for the definition of the Commission's future policy guidelines. Amongst those topics identified is that of the financial assistance schemes for SMEs (see Communication C(2001) 3661 of 19-11-2001) , which is the subject of this evaluation.

The general aim of this evaluation is to examine the 'raison d'ętre, ' the relevance, consistency, effectiveness and, as far as possible, the overall efficiency of the different Community financial assistance schemes (SAF) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to consolidate useful knowledge bases for the design and implementation of financial assistance schemes which are adapted to current and future developments in Community policies concerning SMEs.

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Remarks :
The deadline for requesting tender documents is 15-04-2002.
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 29-04-2002.

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 51-039155 of 13-03-2002, p. 95
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Evaluation
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Budget
Evaluation Unit
Att: O. Rouland
Brey 2 11/382
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2953145


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12. Prior information on economic research services and special services to international organisms

Record Control Number : 18114

Date : 2002-03-13

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission's Enterprise DG has issued a prior information notice for a call for tenders for economic research services and special services to international organisms.

1. Economic research services.

Carrying out studies concerning the competitiveness of European economies and enterprises, for the preparation of the Commission's annual competitiveness report.

Estimated budget: 1,200,000 euro over three years

2. Economic research services.

Studies concerning the economic analysis of European industries and enterprises, in view of the production of an analytical publication on the structure and developments of EU industries.

Estimated budget: 1,000,000 euro

3. Economic research services.

Carrying out of a study in the framework of benchmarking technology and research transfer institutions.

Estimated budget: 450,000 euro

4. Special services to international organisations and organisms.

An evaluation of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (and other related EU programmes to Japan) will have to be carried out on the basis of the standard evaluation criteria of 'effectiveness, efficiency, utility, coherence and relevance.' It will be carried out for the Commission's own policy-making purposes, to provide them with information that helps to (re-) orient its policy or programmes, and to be accountable for results achieved. It should therefore lead to practical and realistic recommendations in terms of alternatives and possible proposals for improvement. It should therefore contain suggestions for actions and independent opinions.

Estimated budget: 50,000 euro for one year

5. Economic research services.

'The anti-competitive effects of mergers between firms competing in adjacent markets.' The study will provide a survey of the literature on the indirect exercise of market power by a dominant form on adjacent markets in which it does not have a dominant position and the impact of multi-market contacts in sustaining anti-competitive coordinated behaviour in oligopoly. The objective of the study is to provide a set of analytic tools to assess the competitive impact of mergers leading to the creation or strengthening of a dominant position in adjacent markets.

Estimated budget: 50,000 euro

6. Economic research services.

'Theoretical and empirical analysis of the competitive impact of remedies in merger control.' The study will first provide, on the basis of economic theory, a comparison of remedies available in merger cases and the predicted competitive impact. Next, the study shall provide an empirical and quantitative analysis of the effects of accepted remedies in a set of at least 20 merger cases during the first ten years of the European Merger Regulation.

Estimated budget: 65,000 euro

7. Economic research services.

'Analytic tools for dynamic competition assessment in the knowledge-based economy.' The study will provide an economic analysis of which concrete analytic tools and theoretical models could be used to assess competition problems on dynamic markets. These markets are characterised by a high rate of innovation and change, which makes the formulation of a list of clearly pro

- or anti-competitive firms strategies very difficult. Nevertheless, it would be a long-term goal to define exactly those activities that can

- on a safe and theoretical empirical base

- be considered as being in line with dynamic competition.

Estimated budget: 50,000 euro

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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 51-039158 of 13-03-2002, p. 98
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Evaluation, Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
Brussels

Projects 1 and 2:
Mr T. Belessiotis
SC15 5/110
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2993410/296 7235
Fax: +32-2-2998362

Project 3:
Mr C. Lettmayr
SC15 05/65
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2993410/296 7235
Fax: +32-2-22998362

Project 4: Mr R. Moran
SC15 7/109
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2990120
Fax: +32-2-2966026

Projects 5, 6 and 7:
Mr G. Dancet
SC15 4/41
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2960993
Fax: +32-2-2966814


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13. Prior information on promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs

Record Control Number : 18115

Date : 2002-03-13

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Enterprise DG of the European Commission has issued prior information on a call for tenders for the promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) .

1. Study on the obstacles to self-employment and to setting up businesses in the Member States.

The aim of the study is to obtain an overall, but nonetheless detailed, picture of the situation for European employees who wish to become self-employed or set up their own company. The study will concentrate on the structural obstacles created by the legal and administrative systems in the EU countries, particularly with regard to provisions on taxation, social security, labour legislation and the code of civil law. The study will also analyse the legal provisions on business spin-offs (and similar procedures) and their inherent problems for employees.

2. Service/business education network in Europe.

Extension of the existing network to the applicant countries, updating of data and prices in the database. The project will fit into an operational framework and will involve enlarging the existing network geographically but not overhauling it.

3. Service/development of an Internet-based questionnaire linked to a relational database via automatic declaration of key data on mutual benefit societies in the Member States.

This project has two aims. The first is to develop a software programme with an Internet data entry form via a questionnaire in 11 languages (translation will be the Commission's responsibility) based on a relational database available on the market and already used by the Commission. This tool will be provided by the consultant in a form whereby the Internet data entry form can be installed directly onto the Enterprise DG website. Secondly, the services of a statistical expert are to be provided (2 weeks) to help the consultant design the database (maximum 1 week) and to help the Commission analyse the results.

4. Expert services for a review of the legal and tax framework for mutual benefit societies in the Member States.

In order to prepare an analytical document on the legal and tax situation of mutual benefit societies in the Member States, the consultant, either directly or via contact networks in the Member States, will be required to review the legal and tax framework for mutual benefit societies using a questionnaire

- provided by the Commission

- and a presentation in Brussels. The work will be undertaken as office-based research while the consultant will coordinate and consolidate the research in the Member States.

5. Expert services for a review of the legal and tax framework for mutual benefit societies in the applicant countries.

In order to prepare an analytical document on the legal and tax situation of mutual benefit societies, the consultant, either directly or via contact networks in the applicant countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey) , will be required to review the legal and tax framework for mutual benefit societies using a questionnaire

- provided by the Commission

- and a presentation in Brussels. The work will be undertaken as office-based research while the consultant will coordinate and consolidate the research in the applicant countries.

6. Study on how accessible public procurement is for SMEs.

The study involves statistical analysis, a comparative study and identifying good practices with regard to how accessible 'European size' public procurement within the EU Member States is for SMEs.

7. Study to highlight changes in bank loans for Member State SMEs.

Study services.

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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 51-039157 of 13-03-2002, p. 97
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, INNOVATION-SME
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Social Aspects, Information Processing,
Information Systems
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
B-1049 Brussels

Project 1:
T. Jaegers
SC27 3/21
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2991587
Fax: +32-2-2966278

Project 2:
F. Lemmel
SC27 3/20
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2993734
Fax: +32-2-2966278

Projects 3, 4 and 5:
K. Koerner
SC27 4/27
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2993185
Fax: +32-2-2954590

Project 6:
F. Ianniello
SC274/38
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: + 32-2-2955155
Fax: +32-2-2954590

Project 7:
V. Vanhanen
SC27 4/18
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: + 32-2-2992151
Fax: +32-2-2992154


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14. Prior information notice on services, commerce, tourism, e-business and IDA

Record Control Number : 18116

Date : 2002-03-13

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission's Enterprise DG has issued a prior information notice for calls for tenders for services, commerce, tourism, e-business and IDA (interchange of data between administrations) .

The information notice includes:

- Assessment of the impact of migration towards open-source software. Estimated budget: 250,000 euro

- Support for the implementation of e-government services. Estimated budget: 2,500,000 euro over two years

- Consultation in the general field of management of middleware content and items produced in support of sectoral networks. Estimated budget: 2,500,000 euro over three years

- Instruments required to strengthen the social and economic dimension of sustainable development in order to improve competitiveness and innovation: harmonised criteria for good access to tourist sites and infrastructures for the disabled. Estimated budget: 100,000 euro

- Instruments required to strengthen the social and economic dimension of sustainable development in order to improve competitiveness and innovation: methods and measuring instruments required for monitoring the quality of tourist destinations and services. Estimated budget: 100,000 euro

- Instruments required to strengthen the social and economic dimension of sustainable development in order to improve competitiveness and innovation: strategies to identify and develop a sustainable socio-cultural identity for tourist destinations. Estimated budget: 150,000 euro

- Studies to be carried out within the context of the e-business market surveillance function. Estimated budget: 1,000,000 euro for a 12 month period

- Study to be carried out on activities relating to standardising national policies in support of e-business securisation. Estimated budget: 125,000 euro

- Study to analyse the impact of e-business on legislation of industrial products within the EU. Estimated budget: 150,000

- Three studies in the field of industry and the information and communication technologies (ICT) services. Estimated budget for the three studies: 250,000 euro.

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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 51-039151 of 13-03-2002, p. 91
Programme Acronym : ECONTENT
Subject Index Codes : Economic Aspects, Information Processing, Information Systems
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
B-1049 Brussels

Projects 1, 2, 3 and 4:
Mrs Finetti
SC15 2/049
B-1409 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2960109
Fax: +32-2-2990286

Projects 5 and 6:
Mrs Westcott
SC27 2/027
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2953886
Fax: +32-2-2956969

Project 7:
Mr Servert
SC27 2/029
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2958006
Fax: +32-2-2956969

Project 8:
Mr Karageorgos
SC15 1/143
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2960291
Fax: +32-2-2969500

Project 9:
Mr Conte
SC15 1/019
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: + 32-2-2968273
Fax: +32-2-2969500

Project 10:
Mrs Perogianni
SC15 1/173
B-1049 Brussels
Tel:+ 32-2-2958193
Fax: +32-2-2969500

Project 11:
Mr Richier
SC15 1/173
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-2969110
Fax: +32-2-296 9500


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15. Hungary launches fellowship for foreign researchers

Record Control Number : 18122

Date : 2002-03-14

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Hungarian Minister of Education, József Pálinkás, has announced the introduction of a new fellowship for foreign researchers, aimed at promoting excellence within Hungary.

The objective of the Szent-Györgyi fellowship, named after the Nobel prize winner, is to enable foreign researchers and Hungarian researchers living abroad to contribute to the scientific work carried out in Hungarian institutions of higher education, thus helping Hungary in its efforts to become a regional centre of excellence in certain scientific fields.

During the selection procedure, priority will be given to applicants whose field of research is of great importance with regard to scientific and artistic life in Hungary, and to those who already have experience in conducting joint research with the institution that would host them.

This year, 10 fellowships, each worth one million Hungarian Forint monthly for a maximum duration of 12 months will be awarded. Applicants must hold a PhD, live and work outside Hungary and be recommended by two internationally known scientific personalities.

Applications must be submitted by 26 April 2002, and successful applications will be announced in September 2002.

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Data Source Provider : Hungarian office for research and development
Document Reference : Based on information from the Hungarian Ministry of education
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training, Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:
http://www.fpi.hu/link_english.asp


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