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Final Report - START (Stimulate Aerospace Research and Technology START in Associate Candidate Countries)

Project ID: 3348
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE


START partners firmly believed that brokerage events contributed to the integration of the European Research Area (ERA) and were intended to lead to the increased participation of the consortium in the future Framework Programmes. A total of five brokerage events (and five consortium meetings) were organised.

The main exploitable result that START project has generated is a detailed database (see online) of research organisations, universities, industry parties, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), individuals, etc., involved in aerospace activities or possessing aerospace expertise in 13 central and east European countries - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. Regardless of the efforts and funding so far, despite of the fact that almost three years had passed since EU was enlarged with 10 new countries, scientific communities of central and east European countries from one hand and of old EU Member States (MSs) from the other, form two distinct groups and are not well integrated.

There are many reasons for this - political decisions taken in the past, cultural and language diversity, different levels of computerisation, insufficient funding, etc. As a result, during the last decades, most of the central and east European countries have developed their own aerospace programs and gained lots of experience but unfortunately, the achieved expertise and results are not well known. The worst of all is that this expertise is not fully used and applied within the EU for the benefits of European citizens.

What is more, both this expertise and heritage are not incorporated in creation of unique European aerospace market. At the moment, the cooperation between European countries is not at as high and productive level as it is necessary. Enormous work is still needed to achieve fruitful cooperation between old and new MSs and Associated Candi

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