The European VLBI Network (EVN) carries out unique radio astronomical research on the extreme states of matter at the centres of galaxies and quasars and in exotic stars. The EVN is managed by a Consortium of nine institutes with radiotelescopes in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Italy. There are also member institutes with telescopes in Poland, Russia, and China. Together, these individual institutes form a Large Scale Facility, a continent-wide radio telescope. The EVN has provided access to new users since 1993 with support from the HCM Programme; some 16 teams of scientists have taken advantage of this access so far.
The EVN proposes to continue to offer its VLBI facilities to external users during 1996 to 1999. These facilities include i) observations on EVN radio telescopes and in combination with the US VLBA, ii) coordination of observations with the MERLIN interferometer in the UK, and with the Japanese and Russian Earth orbiting VLBI telescopes, iii) correlation of the data recorded, iv) assistance with observing proposals, scheduling of observations, calibration and editing of data, and image analysis, v) use of the computing facilities and visitor support provided at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE). The EVN proposes to make an additional 30 observing days and 5 correlation days available to external users in the period 1996 to 1999.