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Call for Fellow Members to the OPET network (FEMOPETs)

The European Commission, DG XVII and DG XII, has published a call for proposals for the implementation of a network of Fellow Members to the OPET (Organizations for the Promotion of Energy Technologies) in the countries of Central Europe. The call has been launched within the framework of the specific programmes in the fields of Non-nuclear Energy (JOULE/THERMIE) and International Cooperation (INCO).

The Commission aims to conclude contracts with a number of individual external organizations or consortia that wish to act as Fellow Members to the OPET network (FEMOPETs) over part, one or several of the following countries:

- Romania;
- Bulgaria;
- Czech Republic;
- Hungary;
- Poland;
- Lithuania;
- Latvia;
- Estonia;
- Slovenia;
- Slovakia.

The main objectives of the FEMOPET network are to foster market penetration of successful new and innovative European energy technologies, in particular stemming from projects under the JOULE/THERMIE programme, in the Central European countries; and to contribute to the opening of Central European countries' markets to wider European cooperation in energy RTD.

The major tasks to be undertaken by the FEMOPETs, on a network basis, are as follows:

- Collaboration with market operators and end-users for the implementation of sectoral promotion strategies of energy technologies and for other activities, including the provision of advice and assistance to define a global strategy;
- Evaluation of technology requirements and identification of external technology suppliers;
- Promotion of the results of energy projects and programmes, especially JOULE/THERMIE, together with targeted information retrieval and dissemination;
- Provision of information to interested organizations in the Community on the energy RTD potential of organizations in the geographical area covered;
- Coordination with specific activities undertaken pursuant to the JOULE/THERMIE programme;
- Assistance to local companies in the absorption of new energy technologies and in energy technology transfer;
- Dissemination of documentation and information about Community energy programmes and energy RTD related topics;
- Utilization and, if necessary, updating of existing databases related to energy technologies, market actors and decision-makers in order to penetrate the market and match local requirements.

Proposers should obtain a copy of the Information Package, which sets out in detail the actions to be undertaken.

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