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Swedish position paper on Fifth Framework Programme

The Swedish government has put forward its initial views on the structure of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme in a paper submitted to the Commission as part of the consultation process for the formulation of the new RTD Framework Programme, due to come into effect at the end ...
The Swedish government has put forward its initial views on the structure of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme in a paper submitted to the Commission as part of the consultation process for the formulation of the new RTD Framework Programme, due to come into effect at the end of 1998.

The Swedish paper recognizes the need for the Fifth Framework Programme to be more focused than previous Framework Programmes, due to the high over-subscription rates of the present calls for proposals. Suggesting that the budget should not be increased over that of the Fourth Framework Programme, the paper calls for the new programme to address the following priorities:

- Fostering the development of European business and industry, thereby promoting increased employment and competitiveness;
- Promoting research of importance to global development in crucial sectors such as food, environment and health;
- Solving Europe's social problems.

Cooperation should be guided by the principles of transparency, openness and flexibility.

Increased competitiveness and growth requires more extensive participation of SMEs in the Framework Programme, according to the paper, which suggests that in the current format, projects are too big for SMEs, while the administrative complexities and the procedures and costs involved in submitting proposals are obstacles to the participation of smaller businesses. Sweden suggests that elements of the current INNOVATION programme and the Technology Stimulation Measures for SMEs should be merged in a central management unit. Other priorities in the Swedish paper in respect of increasing competitiveness are transport, and the efficient use of information technologies.

The Swedish paper calls for a specific programme for the environmental sector, focusing on the urban environment (traffic and noise), agricultural activities (biological diversity), ecocycles (chemicals and material flows) and energy supply and use. In addition, environmental aspects should be integrated and considered in other activities of the Fifth Framework Programme, and research should be encouraged to promote environmental technologies.

The paper also calls for a specific programme or task force on the humanities and social sciences, focused on the European integration process. The Framework Programme should also promote research into solutions to common global problems, in sectors such as environment, health, water, energy and food. Dual use technologies should be encouraged, given trends in global disarmament.

Sweden suggests that the Central and Eastern European countries should participate within the specific programmes, with a separate budget allocated for their participation, as well as for the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

With regard to the administration of the research programmes, the Swedes underline the need to increase the efficiency and transparency of the specific programmes. They note that the Task Force model could be used as a way of organizing the Framework Programme, though the aim of the Task Forces should be the promotion of R&D not the subsidizing of industrial projects.

Source: Swedish government
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