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CORDIS launches Fifth Framework Programme information service on the Web

CORDIS has established a new information service on the WWW dedicated to the preparation and adoption of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme. Once adopted, this will replace the current Fourth Framework Programme which is scheduled to run until the end of 1998.

The aim is to ke...
CORDIS has established a new information service on the WWW dedicated to the preparation and adoption of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme. Once adopted, this will replace the current Fourth Framework Programme which is scheduled to run until the end of 1998.

The aim is to keep CORDIS users fully up-to-date on all the key developments and issues which will arise during the long process of adopting a new framework programme, many of which will have an influence on the final form and content of the Fifth Framework Programme.

Serving as a "centralized information shop", the new service gathers all information on the preparation of the Fifth Framework Programme into one location comprising a series of summaries and full text documents, links to other relevant WWW sites and contact details for further information.

Already, the service contains details of the preliminary developments which have taken place within the Commission, perspectives from some of the Member States, and the initial positions of a number of advisory bodies and representative organizations. A guide explaining how a framework programme is adopted is also included.

As the process of adopting the new framework programme intensifies, the content will be considerably expanded. Coverage will mainly focus on those directly involved in the preparation of the next framework programme - Community institutions, specialized committees, pan-European bodies and organizations. The service is, however, also intended to provide details of the positions and opinions of all those interested in European RTD. In conjunction with the CORDIS News Service, regular round-ups of major events and issues will also be provided.

The process of adopting a new framework programme was launched by the Commission on 10 July 1996 when a series of preliminary guidelines were adopted. The debate which these guidelines are intended to stimulate among the Community institutions and the European research community will serve as a concrete basis for the formulation of a Commission proposal for the Fifth Framework Programme. This is scheduled to be adopted in spring 1997 whereupon the work of adopting a legislative decision begins in full.

Source: CORDIS Information Collection Unit
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