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Socio-economic Dimension in FP5: new report out

The Human Potential Programme has published its first Annual Report (1999) on the Socio-Economic Dimension in FP5 which was produced in close co-operation with the specific programmes. It provides a picture of how the socio-economic dimension has been integrated in the activit...

The Human Potential Programme has published its first Annual Report (1999) on the Socio-Economic Dimension in FP5 which was produced in close co-operation with the specific programmes. It provides a picture of how the socio-economic dimension has been integrated in the activities of the specific programmes of FP5 in its first year of implementation. To what extent have the specific programmes tailored their activities to fit the philosophy of socio-economic relevance, which underlies FP5 in general? What does the socio-economic dimension mean within individual specific programmes and key-actions? How is the socio-economic dimension interpreted by the research community and how is it reflected in research proposals? Is there space for improvements? These are some of the questions that the report is trying to respond to. The main purpose of the report is to stimulate the debate about the integration of the socio-economic dimension in the specific programmes of FP5, rather than pretend that it has all the answers as to how to best achieve this integration. The report is divided to the following parts: - a summary account of how the socio-economic dimension has been taken into account in the thematic programmes of FP5 in its first year of implementation - annexes which provide a more detailed discussion of the socio-economic content of each thematic (as well as horizontal) programme of FP5 - a set of general conclusions in relation to the integration of the socio-economic dimension in the specific programmes and their documentation - a set of general recommendations for the improvement of this integration in the future. The Socio-economic Dimension in FP5 can be download from the Human Potential Programme Web site: http://cordis.europa.eu/improving or a printed copy may be requested by e-mail from the programme’s helpdesk: improving@ec.europa.eu