The Commission of the European Communities is to finance 194 new projects during 1993 under the programme of scientific cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The projects involve a total of 666 partners and represent an overall Community financial appropriation of ECU 31.4 million. The projects were received in response to a call, under the 1992 "PECO" (Pays d'Europe Centrale et Orientale) initiative, for proposals concerning preparatory and pilot actions to explore the perspectives of scientific and technical cooperation between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Community (OJ No C 111 of 30.4.1992). In total, 11,750 requests were received by the deadline, of which 3,364 were approved by the evaluation committees. Over 3,000 of these have been financed, making use of the total 1992 budget of ECU 55 million. Project categories have the following breakdown: - 2,531 Fellowships; - 43 networks; - 159 conferences; - 30 joint research projects; - 129 participations in Community programmes; - 147 COST actions. Given the quality of the approved projects which had to be set aside due to budgetary constraints, the Commission decided not to launch a similar "PECO" initiative in 1993, but instead to use the available budget for the year to finance 194 of the remaining projects accepted under the 1992 call. Further projects carried over from 1992 should also receive support during 1993, subject to budget availability.
Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia