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ESC calls for EU R&D information strategy

An overall strategy for networks providing information, exploitation and back-up in research and innovation is needed for the EU, according to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities. In a recent own-initiative opinion, the Committee calls on the Commissi...
An overall strategy for networks providing information, exploitation and back-up in research and innovation is needed for the EU, according to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities. In a recent own-initiative opinion, the Committee calls on the Commission to put forward proposals for a strategy, aimed in particular at better coordinating and building on existing information networks.

The ESC wants the Commission to put in place an overall strategy which rationalises existing mechanisms and incorporates all the relevant European policies, including the RTD Framework Programme, the Action Plan on Innovation, economic and social cohesion, education and training, and enlargement and external relations. Within this overall strategy, specialised support networks should promote the principle of "mediation", according to the Committee. These "mediation" networks should:

- Promote strategies for linkages between companies;
- Further interaction between companies, research and universities;
- Encourage the monitoring of technological developments;
- Advance economic intelligence;
- Promote project management (legal, financial, etc.).

The Committee wants the "Promoting Innovation and Participation of SMEs" programme in the upcoming Fifth RTD Framework Programme to be largely given over to meeting these objectives. Another call from the ESC is for an improvement in links between EU information/back-up networks and networks for the exploitation of research results. Such networks should be geared exclusively to users' needs and must complement each other. A Users' group should be set up to monitor and evaluate the work of the different networks.

Another suggestion from the Committee is to set up a "conference", using telematics, of all EU, national and international networks, including participants from all the innovation units in the specific programmes within the Fifth Framework Programme. To simplify access for users in the EU, the ESC proposes that EuroInfo Centres be promoted as the single point of entry for all users. The EICs would then have the task of steering users towards the appropriate more specialised network, whether for information on research opportunities, on exploitation of research results, or for support on intellectual property rights, for example. Finally, the Committee proposes that the strategy proposed be extended to all applicant countries as part of their pre-accession partnerships with the EU. It also calls for consideration to be given to establishing special arrangements with other groups of countries, including other European states, the Mediterranean partner countries and the Lomé Convention countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific.

Source: Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities

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