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ECSC Budget: Consultative Committee memorandum

A memorandum of the ECSC Consultative Committee concerning the 1992 ECSC budget was adopted unanimously on 1 October 1991, with one abstention. With regard to the financing of research, the Consultative Committee is of the view that this should continue at a level sufficient t...
A memorandum of the ECSC Consultative Committee concerning the 1992 ECSC budget was adopted unanimously on 1 October 1991, with one abstention. With regard to the financing of research, the Consultative Committee is of the view that this should continue at a level sufficient to enable new technologies to be developed which would allow ECSC producers to face competition from other producers, other materials and other forms of energy and also to allow research in the social area to be continued to its full extent. Such policy must bring with it a deepening of the areas of application of research in environmental protection, the use of energy, and new uses for and marketing of coal and steel products. The Committee notes that in 1990 and 1991 (since the signature of the USA/Community steel consensus) uncertainty over the maximum percentage to be granted for each research project has led to damaging delays in the preparation of a coherent research programme. It emphasizes that the ECSC's aid to research comes entirely from the levy paid by undertakings and cannot, therefore, be classified as a subsidy from public funds. The Committee requests that the authorization procedures for financing ECSC research for 1992 should be defined as rapidly as possible to avoid prejudice to the preparation and execution of the Community coal and steel research programmes.
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