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Within the EU's 5th Framework Programme, the Key Action " Improving the socio-economic knowledge base" was part of the Specific Programme "Improving the Human Potential". The Key Action had broad and ambitious objectives: to improve our understanding of the structural changes taking place in European society, to identify ways of managing these changes and to promote the more active involvement of European citizens in shaping their own futures. A further important aim was to mobilise the research community in the social sciences and humanities at the European level as well as to provide scientific support to policies at various levels, with particular attention to EU policy fields.

This publication provides a comprehensive overview of the Key Action in terms of the objectives, contents and expected results of the 185 projects, which have been selected for funding within the three calls for proposals. These projects involve a EU budgetary contribution of 155 Million EURO.

More than 1600 research teams from 38 countries have been mobilised by these projects since 1999. Although the most important collaborative efforts are undertaken within the EU, the participation of accession countries is already considerable, with 189 teams participating from these countries.

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Authors: NO AUTHORS STATED, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20635 EN (2034), 467 pp. Euro: 65
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20-635-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5213-7
Record Number: 200417545 / Last updated on: 2004-06-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en