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“kick-off” SCOPE-EAST project: S/T co-operation with the Eastern Neighbours of the EU

EU starts funding a project aimed at development of Scenarios for a co-ordinated approach to sustainable S/T co-operation with the Eastern Neighbours of the EU (SCOPE-EAST)

In mid-January 2007, the EU-project “Scenarios for a co-ordinated approach to sustainable S/T co-operation with the Eastern Neighbours of the EU (SCOPE-EAST)” was launched at a kick-off meeting in Bonn, Germany. The project SCOPE-EAST intends to take sustainable steps in view of an enhanced co-ordination of the S/T co-operation of interested EU-Member States and Associated Candidate States with Russia and Eastern Europe. SCOPE-EAST will address the question of how to achieve optimum coherence between national co-operation strategies and the EU S/T co-operation strategy and of how co-operation in S/T can contribute to other policies of the EU such as the European Neighbourhood policy. Target countries of SCOPE-EAST are in the first step Russia and Ukraine. The project duration is 18 months. SCOPE-EAST aims in particular at • Identifying strategic research areas of common interest to EU Member States, Association States and the Eastern Neighbours of the EU. • Creation of a sustainable communication and co-ordination platform of political stakeholders of EU Member States , Association States and the Eastern Neighbours of the EU dealing with the exchange of information, the discussion and co-ordination of S/T co-operation policies and the preparation of joint actions. • Facilitating a dialogue on scenarios for a co-ordinated approach to sustainable co-operation with Russia, the Ukraine and the other Eastern European Countries among stakeholders from the science community and policy. • Develop concrete recommendations for enhancing the S/T co-operation. SCOPE-EAST will be implemented by a Consortium. Consortium Members are: International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), State University – Higher School of Economics (HSE-Russia) and the National Information Centre for Ukraine-EU S/T Co-operation. SCOPE-EAST Project website: http://www.scope-east.net

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Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine