The European Commission, DG III, has published a call for expressions of interest for the collection of information, the carrying out of studies and the provision of technical assistance, leading to greater knowledge of problems in relation to the development of Community and global industrial policy. The purpose of this call is to undertake a selection process and draw up a list of service providers who will later be invited to tender for the activities described below. The list resulting from this call will be used exclusively for contracts whose estimated value is inferior to the thresholds prescribed in the relevant "public contracts" directives. The works to be carried out are contingent on political or economic requirements and will cover the following subjects: 1. Industrial affairs 1.1. Application of standards in the following information and communication technology (ICT) sectors: 1.1.1. Intelligent transport networks 1.1.2. Bio-informatics applications 1.1.3. Intelligent manufacturing systems 1.1.4. Multimedia systems 1.1.5. Electronics trade 1.1.6. Home electronics 1.1.7. Digital towns/professional networks 1.1.8. Security and confidentiality 1.1.9. Public contracts 1.2. Implementation of pilot projects in the field of technology transfer 1.3. Execution of works in the field of multimedia and publications 2. Completion and operation of the internal market and industrial policy in the following sectors: 2.1. Mechanical 2.1.1. Pumps, compressors and hydraulic systems 2.1.2. Lifting and handling equipment 2.1.3. Agricultural tractors and agricultural equipment 2.1.4. Machine tools 2.1.5. Machines for extraction or construction 2.1.6. Other mechanical subsectors 2.2. Electrical engineering 2.2.1. Industrial equipment 2.2.2. Electrical household equipment 2.3. Metrology 2.4. Medical equipment 2.5. Construction 2.6. Naval construction and maritime industries 2.7. Aeronautics and aerospace electronics 2.8. Railway industries and other means of track-guided transport 2.9. Defence industry 2.10. Ceramic construction materials, glass, plaster, lime, cement, etc. 3. Analysis of industrial research in the field of information technology 3.1. RTD in information technology 3.2. Technology transfer and innovation 3.3. International cooperation 3.4. Impact evaluation on the industry and economy 4. Analysis of industrial, technological and socio-economic aspects of the information society The contracts may take the form of study contracts, consultancy or the provision of services, depending on the nature of the works. Applications will be submitted as follows: - By registered post to: European Commission DG III - Industry Financial service 200 rue de la Loi (N-105 1/25) B-1049 Brussels - By hand (working days only, 10.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00) to: European Commission DG III - Industry Financial service secretariat Office 1/22 105 av. des Nerviens B-1040 Brussels Preference will be given to registered post.