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Programme funding

EUR 51 million

Official Journal Reference

L 231 of 1979-09-13

Legislative Reference

79/783/EEC of 1979-09-11
To develop the ADA computer language by producing the necessary processors and transnational databases; to increase the social use of data processing through standardization, public procurement, collaboration between research centres and by dealing with the employment and confidentiality implications; and to establish an overall strategy for information technology.


This programme was connected with Council Regulation (EEC) No 1996/79 of 11 September 1979 (Official Journal No L 231 of 13.9.1979) on a Community action promoting microelectronic technology

In both phases (1979-1983 and 1984-1986), development of the ADA computer language was the main project in the programme. This has since been included in the ESPRIT programme.

Where, during the first phase of the MAP/Ada programme, most effort was concentrated on two big basic technology projects (one on compiler technology, the other on program development environments) complemented by a set of small studies, during the second phase various types of projects were supported, ranging from a theoretical study on the formal description of the language, the development of specific (numerical) libraries or an Ada application generator, to studies on user interfaces and the introduction of Ada program development tools in the PCTE (the European programming development environment, defined as part of the ESPRIT programme).

Apart from direct support for projects and studies, the Commission has also continued to provide to European Ada experts, under the umbrella of Ada-Europe, an opportunity to meet each other, to exchange views on on-going developments, and to provide advice to both the Commission and the European Ada Community.


- General measures:

Standardization, public procurement, collaboration between research centres and organizations, the sectoral and employment implications, the confidentiality and security of data, and legal protection for computer programmes;

- Promotion measures:
Software, applications, peri-informatics and microelectronic technology.


The Commission, assisted by the Advisory Committee for the Management and Coordination of Data- Processing Programmes, was responsible for implementing the programme, particularly as regards coordinating national measures and granting Community financial support for measures of joint European interest.

Projects and studies were submitted in response to an open invitation.

The Community could conclude agreements with non-Member States participating in European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research (COST) with a view to ensuring concerted action.

After 12 months, the Commission reported to the Council and the European Parliament on the results achieved and put forward appropriate proposals. It also submitted annual reports to the Council.
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