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How can RTD structural support schemes assist EU enlargement?

In February this year, experts on RTD and enlargement gathered in Baden bei Wien, Austria, to discuss the potential of RTD structural support schemes for the enlargement of the European Union. Now a publication of the proceedings of this conference is available.

It includes a...
In February this year, experts on RTD and enlargement gathered in Baden bei Wien, Austria, to discuss the potential of RTD structural support schemes for the enlargement of the European Union. Now a publication of the proceedings of this conference is available.

It includes a summary of each of the key speeches from the meeting, which was aimed at demonstrating the synergies between policies supporting research and technological development and regional policies.

The conference tried to link research issues with structural development, focusing mainly on regional development. Following up on previous studies in this field, the participants investigated and discussed recent developments in RTD-related policies in the candidate countries now negotiating to join the EU. They also considered the usefulness of such studies and their potential for prescribing future needs, alongside reviews of how common frameworks for all accession related policies and measures have been formulated.

The speakers included Philippe Galiay, from the European Commission's DG XII, Rupert Pichler, from the Austrian Ministry for Science and Transport and many others from all over Europe. Their presentations were spread between the following main topics:

- The role of RTD in the integration process;
- Structural Funds and RTD policies - best practices in EU-Member States;
- Case studies for RTD-led regional development in Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs).

Additionally, speeches from the closing session and further best practice case studies (not presented at the conference) are included in the publication.

It is likely to be an interesting read for industrialists and research institutes within the European Union considering collaborating with researchers from the CEECs on project proposals for the EU's Fifth RTD Framework Programme. The conference organisers, from the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry for Science and Transport, particularly want to encourage smaller research institutes to think about finding research partners in the candidate countries, which are now, or very shortly will be, fully associated with the Fifth Framework Programme.

Those who would like to delve even further into this area may also be interested in a study completed a year ago by Coopers and Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers). Some copies of the study - on the 'Impact of enlargement of the European Union towards the Associated Central and Eastern European countries on RTD, innovation and structural policies' - are still available from the Commission upon request.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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