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CERT exchange of views on the specific programmes under the Fourth Framework Programme

The European Parliament's Committee on Energy, Research and Technology (CERT) held a preliminary exchange of views on the specific RTD programmes within the Fourth Framework Programme, in the expectation that the Commission will shortly adopt the proposal establishing the defi...
The European Parliament's Committee on Energy, Research and Technology (CERT) held a preliminary exchange of views on the specific RTD programmes within the Fourth Framework Programme, in the expectation that the Commission will shortly adopt the proposal establishing the definitive content of these programme.

The President of CERT, Mr. Desama, pointed out that the examination of the specific programmes must be subsequent the conclusion of an agreement on the Fourth Framework Programme itself. The Council had not reached a common position on this following the conciliation meeting of 4 March 1994. Nor had it accepted the organization of an informal trilogue, proposed by the Parliament with a view to aiding the Council.

Mr. Desama hoped that the second meeting of the Conciliation Committee on 21 March will permit the Council to agree on a proposal which CERT will then be able to examine. However, it appeared to him that there were still reservations on the part of the French, German and British Council delegations.

With regard to the specific programmes, on which the European Parliament must establish an opinion, Mr. Desama pointed out that it is necessary to demonstrate flexibility. Following the Decision, he said, the programmes would not be "cast in bronze to the end of the Framework Programme".

The President also brought up the question of what follow-up was planned for certain accompanying actions (APAS) in the context of, for instance, TIDE, IMPACT and SYSTRAN, and invited the Commission to specify under which of the programmes the activities in these areas will be continued, taking into account that the APAS will be come to an end once the Fourth Framework Programme is adopted.

Source: European Parliament, Press Service

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