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CORDIS launches UK Presidency R&D Information Service

CORDIS has just launched the United Kingdom Council Presidency Research and Development Information Service on the World Wide Web. The new service will provide news of discussions on EU research policy in the Council during the UK Presidency (1 January to 30 June 1998), when t...
CORDIS has just launched the United Kingdom Council Presidency Research and Development Information Service on the World Wide Web. The new service will provide news of discussions on EU research policy in the Council during the UK Presidency (1 January to 30 June 1998), when the UK will be in the chair, as well as a wealth of information on research activities, particularly EU-funded projects, in the UK.

The service has been developed jointly by CORDIS, the European Community R&D Information Service, and the UK Office of Science and Technology (OST). The official launch took place in London, on 8 January 1998, during the Commission's traditional visit to the capital of the new Presidency, when Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation, Education, Training and Youth, and John Battle, MP, the UK's Minister for Science, Energy and Industry presided at the handover.

In an interview given to CORDIS to mark the launch of the service, Mr. Battle stated that the Presidency's clear priority would be the negotiations on the Fifth Framework Programme. "We want FP5 to address key European challenges and deliver concrete results of benefit to European businesses and citizens", he said. "Using the resources of the Framework Programmes wisely will help keep Europe at the leading edge of technology and enable European industry to maintain and improve its position amongst the world's leaders in increasingly competitive global markets", he continued.

In addition to interviews, such as that with Minister Battle, of which the full text is available on the Web, the UK Presidency R&D Information Service will highlight UK companies and organizations involved in European R&D activities. In January, articles feature the work of Innovation Relay Centres and the SMEs they serve. For example, the Midlands Innovation Relay Centre is part of the IRCs' Automotive Group which aims to increase opportunities for SMEs involved in the automotive industry. A group of British researchers who have developed a new Plasma Arc augmented Laser Welding (PALW) technology have benefited from help from the Midlands IRC and the Automotive Group. Larger companies will also be featured each month, and in January, a number of BRITE/EURAM projects involving the British arm of Kvaerner, an international engineering and construction company, are detailed.

The CORDIS UK Presidency R&D Information Service will be updated weekly, and information is available in English, French and German. With all information available free of charge, the service will allow a wide range of users to access timely information on all aspects of European Union R&D during the six months of the UK Presidency.

The service can be found on the World Wide Web, at:

http://cordis.europa.eu/uk/home.html

Source: CORDIS Information Collection Unit

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