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EUREKA welcomes strengthening relations with Community RTD

At the 11th Ministerial Conference of the European Research Coordination Agency (EUREKA) held in Paris on 24 June 1993, Ministers from 20 European countries together with the Commissioner for Research of the European Communities welcomed the positive atmosphere to strengthenin...

At the 11th Ministerial Conference of the European Research Coordination Agency (EUREKA) held in Paris on 24 June 1993, Ministers from 20 European countries together with the Commissioner for Research of the European Communities welcomed the positive atmosphere to strengthening relations between EUREKA and Community RTD actions, and the significant progress already made. The Ministerial Conference approved the principles aimed at making EUREKA projects and Community RTD projects complement one another better, as expressed in the document on this subject adopted by the EUREKA High Level Group. This shows a joint wish to work in close cooperation while preserving the specific features of the two systems, confirmed by the European Council at the Edinburgh Summit in December 1992. Pursuit of the following objectives has been agreed: Flexible active cooperation between representatives of EUREKA projects and Community projects through regular exchange of information; guidance of proposed RTD projects towards the most appropriate framework; and improved interaction between Community policies and EUREKA projects, in particular through greater Community participation in these projects. The Ministerial Conference took note of steps towards these objectives and of concrete results obtained, in particular the effective setting up of the information and consultation network, the joint organization of events and the joint examination of 25 recent EUREKA projects which resulted in the identification of practical means for cooperation between the two systems. The Conference expressed the wish that these objectives be incorporated in Community RTD policy, particularly during the drafting of the Fourth Framework Programme. With this in view, it took note of the concrete proposals put forward by the Commission following the recommendations of the Edinburgh Summit and expected that these proposals would be implemented during the EUREKA Medium Term Plan. It also felt that it is important for the Community and EUREKA to coordinate their efforts in future to encourage more small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in European RTD projects.

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