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Fourth Euro-Med RTD Monitoring Committee meeting

The fourth meeting of the Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in RTD will be held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, from 19 to 21 June 1997. The meeting is organized by the Dutch Presidency of the EU and the Commission. The Monitoring Committee meets twice a y...
The fourth meeting of the Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in RTD will be held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, from 19 to 21 June 1997. The meeting is organized by the Dutch Presidency of the EU and the Commission. The Monitoring Committee meets twice a year, and brings together senior officials from the 15 EU Member States and the 12 Mediterranean partner countries, as well as representatives of the European Commission, who also provide the secretariat.

The Committee plays a significant role in the development of common approaches and in exploiting synergies for multicultural cooperation. Its main objectives include monitoring national, bilateral and multilateral RTD actions in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and investment, and the development of added value from cooperation. In particular, the emphasis is on developing a global strategy to accelerate and support the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean science and technology area.

At its third meeting, held in Cyprus in December 1996, the Committee identified concrete activities to be undertaken and priority issues for cooperation. The Committee underlined the essential role of RTD cooperation in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, as well as the need to reinforce RTD capacities in the region, and the need for stronger and continuous coordination of RTD actions at all levels.

During the June meeting, the Committee will report on the follow-up to the third meeting, in respect of actions, events and activities undertaken by all participants. The Committee is also expected to adopt an opinion on the role of RTD in national innovation systems, and the contribution of Euro-Med RTD cooperation to strengthening this role in the Mediterranean partner countries.

The Committee will also discuss orientations for Euro-Med cooperation in RTD both within the Framework Programme, and in particular, in respect of the development of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme, and in other Community activities and programmes, including the MEDA technical assistance programme, LIFE, SYNERGY, Ecos-Ouverture, INTEREG II, RETRAMED, INCO-POL MED, ESTO MED, and the education and training programmes. The Committee will also adopt an updated workplan for the following twelve months.

Source: European Commission, DGXII

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