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Commission facilitates closer European-Latin American research collaboration

The European Commission has announced that it is to provide 12.5 million euro in funds for the creation of a Latin American intra-regional research networking infrastructure, capable of being interconnected with the pan-European research network, GEANT.

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Commission facilitates closer European-Latin American research collaboration
The European Commission has announced that it is to provide 12.5 million euro in funds for the creation of a Latin American intra-regional research networking infrastructure, capable of being interconnected with the pan-European research network, GEANT.

The America Latina Interconectada Con Europa (ALICE) project is just one of the many joint initiatives being carried out within the framework of the Commission's alliance for information society (@LIS) programme. ALICE is expected to speed up the development of the information society in the region, and help researchers in Europe and Latin America collaborate more easily. The Commission will fund 80 per cent of the project, while Latin American partners will contribute the remaining funds.

'This project will provide huge improvements in infrastructures, which are of benefit to everyone concerned,' said EU Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society Erkki Liikanen, welcoming the announcement.

'For the first time, Latin American countries will have the high-speed Internet connections necessary for effective research collaboration amongst themselves, as well high-speed connectivity to researchers based in Europe,' he added.

The contract for ALICE has been won by the non-profit organisation, DANTE, which will coordinate its implementation. It will also be supported by the national research and education networks of 18 Latin American countries involved in the @LIS programme as well as partners from four Member States.

Work on the intra-regional research networking infrastructure is expected to begin soon, and the partners are confidant that it will be up and running by no later than 2004, with an end date of April 2006.

Source: European Commission

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