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Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 140 million

Official Journal Reference

L 350 of 1985-12-27

Legislative Reference

3639/85/(CEE) of 1985-12-19
To improve the security of the Community's energy supplies by providing funds to support technological progress in the exploration, production, storage and transport of hydrocarbons.


Community support for technological development of hydrocarbons began in 1974. The first phase ended in 1985. This second phase (1986-1989) took the form of a multi-annual programme. The programme was not included in the Community's Framework Programme. It acted as back-up to the Community's energy strategy.


Community technological development projects in the field of hydrocarbons related to exploration, production, storage or transportation.


After consulting an advisory committee made up of representatives of the Member States, the Commission drew up each year the priorities for project selection. Preference was permissible for projects involving the association of at least two independent undertakings established in different Member States and submitted by small and medium-sized enterprises.

Eligible projects had to: develop innovatory techniques, processes or products or exploit a new application of techniques, processes or products for which the research stage is completed; offer prospects of industrial, economic and commercial viability; and present such difficulties with regard to finance, because of the considerable technical and economic risks involved, that they would very probably not be carried out without Community financial support.

Community financial support not exceeding 40% of the eligible costs and refundable under certain conditions was granted for a project as a whole or for various stages of a project. All projects were the responsibility of a natural or legal person constituted in accordance with the laws of the Member State.

Every two years a report was made by the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the application of the Regulation governing this programme.


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