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The political target of coordinating national and Community research policies is codified in the EC Treaty. Article 165 of the Nice Treaty stipulates that "the Community and the Member States shall coordinate their research and technological development activities so as to ensure that national policies and Community policy are mutually consistent". To implement this political target the Members States established already in 1965 a committee to recommend areas of joint action and ways to compare and to coordinate national research policies. This need for coordination was recalled at the 1972 Summit, followed by the creation of DG Research in 1973 and the Committee on Science and Technical Research (CREST) in 1974. CREST's objective was to assist the Commission and the Council in defining "objectives and ensure the development of a common policy in the field of science and technology involving the coordination of national policies and the joint implementation of projects of interest to the Community". In 1995 CREST's tasks were redefined and enhanced by another Council Decision to identify strategic priorities for Community policy and promote coordination by the Community and the Member States of their RTD activities.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23613 EN (2008), various paging. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23613-EN-N)
Record Number: 200910172 / Last updated on: 2009-02-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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