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There is nothing contrived about Europe's ability to create and develop its own dedicated research area. After all, each European country has a long history of cultivating its own unique scientific approach, developing focal points of interest. Each has its strong points. Yet if these were to be more widely shared or combined with each other, the resultant synergy would enhance the impact of the work that researchers do.

This is why, for the past twenty or so years, EU-funded programmes have always pursued the same aim of launching a new spirit of partnership. By adopting a truly European approach, the same policy has managed to identify and encourage sources of synergy and more effective cooperation. In particular, it has contributed enormously to such problems being considered from a far broader perspective, including a more liberal exchange of data, an open comparison of findings, the establishment of multidisciplinary and comparative studies, transfers of knowledge and know-how, access to centres of excellence and the most advanced scientific resources, the creation of networks as well as liaison and cooperation between research bodies and researchers themselves.

By operating on cooperation principles, this kind of approach opens up latent possibilities and dimensions inherent in the research sector. Following in these footsteps, European researchers devote their talents towards deepening our knowledge, opening up avenues to explore, certifying hopes and soberly recording empirical facts. The third volume of "reference projects" published by the Communications Unit of the Research DG opens up some 30 files of actual cases that are typical of the enormous surge in the field. The true story of what was at stake and the struggle for success that had to be waged by some of the players from a wide range of disciplines is outlined here. What we have here is a simple reflection of the wide variety of projects criss-crossing the research of Europe.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19395 FR (2000), 84pp, Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Office of Official Publications for European Communities: 2 rue Mercier, L-2985 Luxembourg. tel:+352-29-29-42455 fax: +325-29-29-42758 email: URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-828-9578-5
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