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Belgium hopes to bring closure on FP6 and ERA

François-Xavier de Donnea, the Minister-president of the government of the Brussels capital region who will take up the position of head of the European Union's Research council during the Belgian presidency, claimed on 18 June that the forthcoming presidency's would like to b...

François-Xavier de Donnea, the Minister-president of the government of the Brussels capital region who will take up the position of head of the European Union's Research council during the Belgian presidency, claimed on 18 June that the forthcoming presidency's would like to bring a resolution to the negotiations over the future of European research. 'The Belgian presidency wants to bring a decisive contribution to the creation of a European research area (ERA),' said Mr de Donnea, saying that efforts would also be made to bring a conclusion agreement on the Sixth Framework programme. He also emphasised that success in European research is bound up in its global presence and this will be one of the key themes when the Belgian presidency conference takes place on 17 and 18 September. The event will be entitled 'For European research open to the world: excellence, mobility, exchanges'. Other research-related events will include the celebration of 100th anniversary of the Brussels Pasteur institute on 16 October, the meeting of the Research council on 18 October and 10 December and the Descartes prize ceremony on 27 November. of netw

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