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Assessment of Community initiatives to integrate the least developed regions into the single market (STRIDE, TELEMATIQUE, PRISMA)

In 1991 and 1992 the Commission of the European Communities launched a series of Community initiatives pursuant to Article 11 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 of 19 December 1988 (OJ No L 374 of 31.12.1988) laying down provisions for implementing Regulation EEC No 2952/88 (OJ No L 185 of 15.1.1988) as regards coordination of the different structural funds between themselves and with the operations of the European Investment Bank and the other existing financial instruments.

The present invitation to tender concerns an assessment of the Community initiatives which fall under the heading "Integration of the least developed regions into the single market".

STRIDE aims at improving the innovation and technological development capacity of certain regions (guidelines for this programme were published in OJ No C 196 of 4.8.1990). TELEMATIQUE aims at promoting the use of advanced telecommunications services in certain regions (guidelines published in OJ No C 33 of 8.2.1991). PRISMA aims at improving infrastructure and business services in terms of quality and access to public contracts (guidelines published in OJ No C 33 of 8.2.1991).

There will be two working phases to the assessment. The first, to begin early 1994 and to end in September of that year, will involve collecting information, an initial assessment of the expected goals, identification of Community added value and an analysis of the administrative procedures and management systems. The second phase should commence in October 1994 (at the earliest) and end in December 1995. It will be concentrated on assessing the economic impact of the initiatives.

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