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2000 annual report on the socio-economic dimension In the Fifth Framework Programme



In the Fifth Framework Programme for RTD, and in the specific programme on "Improving the human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge base", the Human Potential programme was assigned the task of coordinating and supporting activities to ensure the incorporation of socio-economic considerations into the research activities of the thematic programmes.

This report is a result of that mandate and provides a picture of the socio-economic dimension in the activities of the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme in the year 2000. It is the second such report; the (1999 Annual Report on the Socio-Economic Dimension in FP5) was published in April 2000. A (Synthesis report), covering the whole period of FP5 has also been published.

The report shows that the interpretation and the integration of a socio-economic dimension and of socio-economic research varies considerably in the various parts of FP5. Significant differences exist across as well as within individual specific programmes.

The report has the following parts:
- a summary account of how the socio-economic dimension has been taken into account in the specific programmes in the year 2000;
- annexes providing a more detailed presentation of the socio-economic content of each specific programme (provided by the respective programmes);
- a set of general conclusions in relation to the integration of the socio-economic dimension in the specific programmes;
- a set of general recommendations for the improvement of this integration in the future.

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