GREAT-IST is a strategic project involving the following target countries (TC) subdivided into 4 categories: Accession Countries: Bulgaria and Romania Candidate Countries: Croatia Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM and Serbia and Montenegro Newly Independent States: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
It aims at bringing together the IST research stakeholders of the TC and of other European countries, to share visions and experience in implementing Information Society, to contribute towards harmonization of IST research priorities and to enhance co-operation in the broader area of the "Great European East" in a view of facilitating gradual integration at a pan-European level. Project activities are divided into 3 Working Groups each addressing a specific area of IST research system in the TC:
- WG1-Developing institutional infrastructure in support of IST research and establishing effective communication with IST stakeholders
- WG2-Gradual harmonization of RTD policies and convergence of priorities in IST
- WG3-Linking research and business (particularly SMEs)
WGs will work under the coordination of a Steering Committee, which is meant to give input to the WGs activity in reviewing and evaluating draft meeting reports. WGs will work in parallel and come to a set of conclusions to be integrated into a coherent document, the Final Report, that will summarize shared visions among the WB, the NIS and the ACC for enlarged co-operation in the framework of EU programs in IST for the years to come. The Final Report will represent the technical position (recommendations and implementations methods) of all the WGs.
Beside that a Position Paper will be produced by the Steering Committee summarizing technical issues in a political document to be widespread to Ministries and other Governmental Institutions of the TC. The Final Report along with the Position Paper will be presented at a major conference and backed by a strong dissemination support.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action