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This is the, 1999 External Monitoring Report on the activities of the European Union's Research and Technological Development Framework Programmes. It covers the ongoing projects and activities still being funded by the Fourth Framework Programme (FP4) as well as the first year of the implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). It is required under Article 5.1 of the Decisions setting up the multi-annual European Community and Euratom Framework Programmes.

The 1999 Framework Programme Monitoring Panel must formally congratulate the Fifth Framework Programme's management, scientific officers and support staff on:

Their management of the transition from FP4 to the very different programme structure, objectives and procedures of FP5
The very successful launch of probably the world's largest and most complex research Programme
The introduction of many welcome developments and innovations.

All this has taken place against a background of extreme haste and work overloads, mostly due to the significant delays experienced in the European Parliament and Council Decision in launching FP5. There are, of course, major management challenges already facing the FP5.

Additional information

Authors: By an independent panel chaired by EDWARDS B, DG Research-Policy Coordination and Stratergy-Evaluation
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19374 EN (2000) 54pp, EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from DG-Research, Communication Unit, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2958220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9473-8
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