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Commission proposals for amendment of EC and Euratom Framework Programmes

The European Commission has published its proposals for the amendment of the Decisions establishing the Fourth Framework Programme and the Euratom Framework Programme, for European Community research and development between 1994 and 1998. A review in the programmes' funding wa...

The European Commission has published its proposals for the amendment of the Decisions establishing the Fourth Framework Programme and the Euratom Framework Programme, for European Community research and development between 1994 and 1998. A review in the programmes' funding was foreseen in the original Decisions. This is the second amendment to these programmes, the first being a technical amendment resulting from the accession to the European Union of Austria, Finland and Sweden. The proposed amendments to the Decision establishing the Fourth Framework Programme (1110/94/EC) are as follows: - Total funding increased from ECU 11,764 million to ECU 12,359 million; - The annex outlining the scientific and technical objectives of the programme would be amended to take account, including within the specific programmes, of the eight priority areas established following the work of the research/industry task forces. These priority areas are as follows: . Aeronautics; . Educational multimedia; . Automobile RTD activities; . Transport intermodality and interoperability; . Environmental RTD (water); . Life sciences: vaccines and viral diseases; . Trains and railway systems of the future; . Maritime systems of the future. Proposed amendments to the Decision establishing the Euratom Framework Programme (94/268/Euratom) are as follows: - Total funding would be increased from ECU 1,336 million to ECU 1,441 million; - The section of the annex detailing the scientific and technical objectives of the programme relating to nuclear fission safety would be amended. These modifications would reinforce the programme's actions in this area, and encourages closer cooperation with non-member states.

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