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Belgian Presidency launches new European research and innovation site.

CORDIS, The European Commission's Research and Development Information Service, is providing a service dedicated to the Belgian presidency of the Research council. The Belgian council presidency research and innovation service is available in French, Dutch, German and English....

CORDIS, The European Commission's Research and Development Information Service, is providing a service dedicated to the Belgian presidency of the Research council. The Belgian council presidency research and innovation service is available in French, Dutch, German and English. On 1st July 2001 François-Xavier de Donnea, President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, launched the new research and innovation information service. Minister de Donnea will also chair the Research council during the Belgian Presidency Developed jointly by CORDIS and the Belgian authorities responsible for Research, the service provides a window on research- and innovation-related activities carried out during the six months of the Presidency (July-December 2001). The web service highlights the five priorities of the Presidency in the field of research and will provide dynamic and updated information on research developments, work and actions led by Belgium. The Belgian Presidency's priorities are: - Activating the creation of European research and innovation area - Obtaining a common position on the Sixth framework programme for research and technological development (2002-2006) - Making Europe a model of openness to the world - Reconciling science and society - Pursuing the dynamic of a European space policy In addition, the site offers in-depth coverage of Presidency news and events. The service also provides information on research in Belgium with references to key institutions, infrastructures, funding and actors in each Community and regions, including profiles of key decision makers such as Minister-President de Donnea. Detailed information on Belgian participation in European research programmes is also available. The service represents the Presidency's efforts to ensure a new role for research within society by providing the public and the scientific community with dynamic, timely and pertinent information. 'The aim of this website is to supply concise information on the work of the Belgian Presidency of the Research Council and to help follow its developments and outcomes,' said Minister de Donnea. The new site will be helpful for those following discussions on the next Framework programme and the European research Area (ERA), mobility of researchers as well as the strengthening of relations between science, society and the citizens.n about of the fr

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