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Research Council welcomes FP5 participation for candidate countries

The Research Council has completed the European Union's procedures to permit the participation of the ten Central and Eastern European countries as well as Cyprus in the Fifth RTD Framework Programme (FP5). The agreements will enter into force after their formal conclusion in ...
The Research Council has completed the European Union's procedures to permit the participation of the ten Central and Eastern European countries as well as Cyprus in the Fifth RTD Framework Programme (FP5). The agreements will enter into force after their formal conclusion in meetings of the Association Councils bringing together the EU and the individual countries concerned, once each country has completed its own procedures.

The Decisions approving the agreements on behalf of the EU were taken during the Research Council meeting on 20 May 1999, at which the Council also responded to the Commission's communication on "Women and Science".

Commissioner Cresson reported on the measures that have been taken, or are about to be taken, with a view to associate the ten candidate countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Cyprus to the FP5. The Council adopted without further discussion, the 11 Decisions as follows:

- The conclusion of the association of Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Slovenia to the Fifth Framework Programme as well as the Euratom Framework Programme;
- The conclusion of the association of Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland to the (non-nuclear) Fifth Framework Programme.

During the meeting, the Research Council adopted a resolution on the Commission's communication "Women and Science". Welcoming the communication, it invites the Member States to engage actively in the dialogue proposed by the Commission regarding the involvement of women in research.

It also invites the Commission to produce comparable data and European indicators so that the situation of women in research can be assessed more effectively. Additionally, the Council suggests that the Commission should propose guidelines for further initiatives to promote women in RTD.

Finally, the Council asked the Commission to produce a report on progress with the implementation of measures proposed in the communication within two years.

Source: Council of the European Union

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  • Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
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