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Within the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Technological Development (RTD), the Key Action "Improving the socio-economic knowledge base" carried broad and ambitious objectives, namely to improve our understanding of the structural changes taking place in European society, to identify ways of managing these changes and to promote the active involvement of European citizens in shaping their own futures. A further important aim was to mobilise the research communities in the social sciences and humanities at the European level and to provide scientific support to policies at various levels, with particular attention to EU policy fields.
Since the launch of the Key Action in 1999 more than 1600 research teams coming from 38 countries have been mobilised. While most of these collaborative efforts involve researchers from EU countries, the participation of accession countries and new member states is already noteworthy with 189 research teams from these countries.

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Authors: PRINGLE K et al, University of Sunderland, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21104 EN (2004), 130 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21-104-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-7160-9
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