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1999 Annual Report on THE SOCIO ECONOMIC DIMENSION IN THE FIFTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME

Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The Fifth Framework Programme has been designed to respond to the major socio-economic challenges facing the European Union. Breaking away from past tradition, it adopts a problem-oriented approach and is structured along challenges (rather than along disciplines), in the form of key-actions, concentrating the available resources on carefully targeted priorities.

This report is a result of this mandate and provides a picture of the socio-economic dimension in the activities of the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme in 1999, first year of implementation.

The purpose of this first report is not to provide a narrow definition of the "socio-economic dimension". Rather, it is to stimulate the debate and at the same time define a broad way of thinking about the relationship between technology and society that could become a constructive tool or even a constant in the ongoing, dynamic process of the implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme.

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