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ERA WESTBALKAN+ project fully operational

The ERA WESTBALKAN+ project started its operation in January 2007, having as main objective during FP7 to accelerate the opening up of the European Research Area to the Western Balkan Countries (WBCs), i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia.

The ERA WESTBALKAN+ project (Specific Support Action, funded by the EC under FP6) started its operation in January 2007, having as main objective during the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) to accelerate the opening up of the European Research Area to the Western Balkan Countries (WBCs), i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia. The two leading goals of the ERA WESTBALKAN+ project are on the one hand to strengthen the position of National Contact Points (NCPs) by deepening and enlarging their network with their counterparts in the European Union, and on the other hand the Western Balkan RTD community shall be supported in its participation in FP7 by offering researchers and research institutions hands-on information and trainings on FP7 relevant issues. After the project kick-off in Vienna on 17 January 2007, the project consortium organised an NCP workshop in Belgrade on 8-9 May 2007 for round 40 NCPs from WBCs, and a Life Sciences researcher visit and partnering event for round 30 West Balkan researchers on 19-20 June 2007 in Vienna. A valuable database was created in the previous project ERA WESTBALKAN and is still actively pooling profiles from researchers, as well as universities and organisations active in R&D in WBCs. The Western Balkan Research Database aims at increasing the visibility of the scientific R&D community in WBCs allowing researchers to present their expertise and their research ideas/projects to other European R&D communities and players, who themselves benefit from a broad pool of R&D experts from WBCs for potential strategic partnerships and international R&D cooperation. Using the tool, the region's scientific community can be searched by thematic area, as defined within FP7, by organisation type and by geographical region. For registration and further information please visit http://www.westbalkanresearch.net . More details on the ERA WESTBALKAN+ project and its activities and project partners can be found under http://www.erawestbalkanplus.net

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Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Montenegro, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom