Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 4,4 million

Official Journal Reference

L 225 of 1978-08-16

Legislative Reference

78/668/CEE of 1978-07-25
To contribute to the definition of long-term Community research and development objectives and priorities, concentrating on the supply of resources and technical, structural and social change in the long- term, with a view to the development of a coherent long-term policy on science and technology.


This first FAST programme, approved in 1978 for a five-year experimental phase, concentrated on three priority areas: long-term supply of resources, long-term technical and structural change, and long-term social change.

Within these priority areas three main tasks were organized:
- Analyzing existing forecasting and assessment research activities within the Community and elsewhere with regard to their relevance to the development of the Community's scientific and technological policy;
- Highlighting prospects, problems and potential conflicts likely to affect the long-term development of the Community and defining alternative courses of Community research and development action to help solve or achieve them or render concrete these possibilities;
- Establishing, in cooperation with Member States, an ad hoc system of collaboration between specialized research groups within the Community and so creating a series of Community forecasting networks.

The programme contributed to the preparatory work for the first ESPRIT programme. It also contributed to the European policy on biotechnology and to the creation of CUBE (Concertation Unit for Biotechnology in Europe).


Three themes:

- Work and employment:
Job creation potential as a result of technological change and regional employment prospects in the Community in the face of technological change, sectoral readjustments and the new socio-economic context as well as changing attitudes towards work and the role of social innovations;

- Information society:
The economic survival of European industries together with the implications of, and transition to, an information society;

- Bio- society:
The potential impact of biotechnology on major sectors, the manpower and training implications, the effects on trade and relations with the Third World, and the social implications.


The Commission, assisted by an Advisory Committee on Programme Management (ACPM), was responsible for implementing the programme.

Information was disseminated in accordance with 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 relating to research programmes for the European Economic Community.

The Commission assessed the results of the programme and reported to the Council and the European Parliament at the end of the fourth year.


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