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Call for proposals for the setting up of a network of organizations for the promotion of energy technologies

The European Commission, DG XIII, has published a call for proposals for the setting up of a network of organizations for the promotion of energy technologies (OPET network), under its specific programme for the dissemination and optimization of the results of activities in the field of research and technological development, including demonstration (1994-1998), otherwise known as the INNOVATION programme.

The aim of this call for proposals is to conclude contracts with several outside bodies wishing to act as organizations for the promotion of energy technologies (OPET), within a specific geographical area of their choice, and within one or more of the following sectors:

- Rational use of energy;
- Renewable energy sources;
- Fossil fuels.

Through these organizations, the OPET network could, under the INNOVATION Programme and in liaison with the Fourth Framework Programme's specific programme for RTD in the field of non-nuclear energies (JOULE/THERMIE programme), ensure that the activities carried out under the previous THERMIE Programme (1990-1994) are continued.

The main objective of the OPET network is to make it easier for efficient and innovative energy technologies, particularly those developed with the assistance of the JOULE/THERMIE programme, to gain a foothold on the market.

The OPET's main tasks, which are to be carried out on a network basis, supplementing and tying in with the work performed by the INNOVATION Relay Centres, can be summarized as follows:

- To collaborate with market operators and users in implementing sectoral strategies to promote energy technologies and in other activities involving consultancy and assistance in defining an overall strategy;

- To disseminate documentation and information on energy-related topics;

- To boost the promotional activities carried out by local organizations;

- To analyse technological requirements in both sectoral and geographical terms;

- To use and, if necessary, update existing databases on energy technologies and on market operators and decision makers in the energy field with a view to penetrating the market and meeting local requirements;

- To ensure coordination with specific dissemination measures taken under the JOULE/THERMIE Programme;

- To publicize the results of projects and programmes on energy technologies, to carry out research and to target relevant information towards operators on the energy market.

Successful applicants will be required to draw up a plan for coordinating their work with the IRCs in the area covered, with a view to ensuring that their respective activities do not clash or overlap. Applicants are therefore asked to specify in their proposals how they stand in relation to the IRCs.

Community financial assistance is available in order to facilitate the participation of organizations in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Further details regarding the participation of non-member countries are given in the information package.

The work programme, details of proposal-submission procedures and a specimen contract of the type which will be concluded with successful applicants are available on request from the Commission.

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