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  • Experimental Community action (EEC) to stimulate the efficacy of the European Economic Community's scientific and technical potential, 1983-1985

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 7 million

Official Journal Reference

L 181 of 1983-07-06

Legislative Reference

83/331/CEE of 1983-06-28
To stimulate and strengthen the effectiveness of Community research and development and so increase its competitiveness through the provision of support for joint action by research teams, whether monodisciplinary or multidisciplinary, from more than one Member State.


Executed in accordance with the Council Resolution of 14 January 1974 (Official Journal No C 7 of 29.1.1974) on the coordination of national policies and the definition of projects of interest to the Community.

The three kinds of activity receiving priority support were those:
- to which the joining up of research teams was beneficial or indispensable;
- enabling high-quality teams to be promoted;
- leading to a strengthening of the communication and diffusion of information within the scientific and technical community.


Seven priority areas:
- Pharmacobiology;
- Solid-state physics;
- Optics;
- Combustion;
- Photometry, photoacoustics;
- Climatology;
- Interface phenomena.


The Commission, assisted by referees and by the Committee for the European Development of Science and Technology (CODEST), was responsible for implementing this experimental action by means of research allocations, grants to help laboratory twinning, development contracts and grants to assist research teams, seminars and courses.

The results of the action were disseminated pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974), adopting provisions for the dissemination of information related to research programmes for the European Economic Community.

At the end of the first year of implementation, the Commission undertook a methodological evaluation of the action and reported thereon to the Council and the European Parliament.
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