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European Union action schemes for Central and Eastern Europe

On 8 July 1994 a workshop on R&D cooperation with third countries will be held in Bratislava. A discussion paper on European Union action schemes for Central and Eastern Europe has been prepared for the workshop by the European Commission, DG XII.

The paper highlights the fol...
On 8 July 1994 a workshop on R&D cooperation with third countries will be held in Bratislava. A discussion paper on European Union action schemes for Central and Eastern Europe has been prepared for the workshop by the European Commission, DG XII.

The paper highlights the following topics for discussion:

- PHARE:
PHARE is the main tool for the modernization of the societies and economies of Central and Eastern Europe. It supports various science and research activities such as the TEMPUS programme (universities/student mobility) and ACE (research in economics). PHARE funds were also used in Hungary in the ACCORD programme (research and technology).

- Scientific and technical cooperation and participation in EU research programmes:
The European Union supports the cooperation of scientists in Central and Eastern Europe with their European Union partners in areas of common interest. Since 1992 the EU has provided Central and East European scientists with a budget for participation in five research programmes within the Third Framework Programme.

- Scientific and technological cooperation in the Fourth Framework Programme:
The Fourth Framework Programme offers a new structure for cooperation. It has four main lines of action:
. Sectoral research programmes;
. International cooperation, including PECO and the former Soviet Union;
. Exploitation of research results;
. Measures concerning human capital and mobility.

- Participation of PECO and the former Soviet Union in the Fourth Framework Programme:
Actions 1, 3 and 4 of the Fourth Framework Programme will be open to the participation of PECO and the former Soviet Union. Funding will be available from:
. National resources;
. The PHARE programme in the framework of the ACCORD scheme;
. Action 2 of the Fourth Framework Programme (although only in exceptional cases);
. A new budget line for PECO countries which are associated to the European Union.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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