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Advance notice given for IRC and RITTS revamp

During the course of 1999, the European Commission's DG XIII intends to launch a call for tenders for technical services relating to the Innovation Relay Centres (IRC) network and to the Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Strategies (RITTS) network, in the following areas:

- Expertise in innovation, technology transfer and exploitation of research;
- Investigation of mechanisms for the exchange of knowledge and good practices between the IRCs and RITTS projects;
- Development and implementation of standards, methodologies, communication policies and operational principles of the IRCs and RITTS projects;
- Development of network activities to standardise operational procedures and management tools;
- Creation of instruments to promote the services of the IRCs and RITTS networks;
- Analysis in the field of telecommunications, database management and information application to link the IRCs and RITTS project participants throughout the Community;
- Strategic contribution to improving and further developing the IRCs and RITTS projects.

According to information from the Commission, around 4 million euro is likely to be spent on these services over the course of two years.

The Commission expects to publish a call for tenders covering some or all of these subjects in October 1999.

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