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Commissioner Cresson reviews Third Activity and CORDIS

CORDIS was on the agenda of a fact-finding meeting held by Commissioner Edith Cresson in Luxembourg on 7 April 1995. The meeting was held with the management of the "Third Activity", the part of the Fourth Framework Programme for RTD activities covering dissemination and explo...
CORDIS was on the agenda of a fact-finding meeting held by Commissioner Edith Cresson in Luxembourg on 7 April 1995. The meeting was held with the management of the "Third Activity", the part of the Fourth Framework Programme for RTD activities covering dissemination and exploitation of research. The management was led by Mr. V. Parajon, Deputy Director-General of DG XIII and Mr. G. Grata, the Director overseeing operations under the Third Activity.

As well as being the Member of the Commission responsible for the Third Activity, Mrs. Cresson's portfolio also includes Science, Research and Development (DG XII), the Joint Research Centre, and Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth (DG XXII).

Mrs. Cresson was very interested by the demonstration of CORDIS at the meeting and commented on the breadth of the service's interdisciplinary coverage. She suggested that this coverage should continue to include information from programmes that, although not falling within the strict definition of research and technological development, nevertheless often have a significant scientific and technological content. Regional policy programmes were cited as an example.

Mrs. Cresson also stressed the importance of ensuring that the public is well informed about the work of the Commission. She especially appreciated the work of the VALUE Information Press Service (VIPS) project in bringing news of the results of Framework Programme research projects to the attention of the science and technology journalists throughout Europe. VIPS, launched in 1992, is scheduled to be expanded under the Third Activity.

Intellectual property questions were discussed at the meeting. Mrs. Cresson commented that it is important to understand the obstacles faced by European companies in protecting their inventions. Other aspects of the Third Activity presented by Mr. Grata included the European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS), the Relay Centres, and support for technology transfer and technology validation projects.

Mrs. Cresson spoke to the staff of Mr. Grata's Directorate about future trends in research policy. She later attended the meeting of the Industry Council.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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