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Research and development coordination programme (EEC) in the field of medical and health research, 1987-1991

Part of the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (1987-1991) under subactivity 1.1: "Health".

The fourth programme in this field, it has new objectives as regards cancer and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Coordination is established with other Community programmes such as ESPRIT, RACE and BRITE in respect of medical technologies and with the AIM action in respect of health service research.
To contribute to the treatment of cancer, AIDS and health problems involving age, life-style and the environment and to the development of medical technology and health services through the coordination of national projects at Community level, the harmonization of methodologies, the improved dissemination of information and the more efficient application of research results.
Two subprogrammes:

- Major health problems:
Cancer, AIDS, Age-related health problems, Environment and life-style related health problems;

- Health resources:
Medical technology development, health service research.
The Commission, assisted by the Management and Coordination Advisory Committee (CGC) on Medical and Health Research, is responsible for executing the programme. The committee may be assisted by a concerted action committee (COMAC) composed of experts designated by the competent authorities of the Member States.

The programme consists of the coordination at Community level of activities which form part of the research programmes of the Member States. Implementation and coordination of national contributions to the programme are carried out by designated national bodies.

Projects relating to this programme are carried out mainly by the concerted action method, with the Commission meeting the coordination costs. In other cases, such as fellowships and support for centralized facilities, more substantial funding may be provided.

Participating Member States and the Commission regularly exchange all information that is useful concerning the execution of the programme, particularly information relevant for coordination purposes. Member States also endeavour to provide the Commission with information on similar research planned or carried out by bodies not under their authority. Information is treated as confidential if so required by the Member State which provides it.

The Council may conclude agreements with non-Member States participating in European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research (COST) with a view to associating them wholly or partly with the programme.

The Commission evaluated the programme during its third year and submitted a report to the European Parliament and the Council/Member States. A final summary report on its implementation and results will subsequently be submitted.