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Issue number 222, 3 June 2003
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B a s e d o n i n f o r m a t i o n f r o m C O R D I S N e w s a v a i l a b l e o n t h e Whet tbpa: /t/ w w w . c o r d i s . l u / n e w s
IN THIS ISSUEWhat role for foresight in an AThgree ememmenbterresaocfhtehde  oEnu rGoaplieleaon Spaceenlarged Europe? Aong etnhce yf u(EnSdiAn) gh caovnet rriebauctihoends  atno  aGgarlieleeomWe,hniltst it can sometimes appear that there are as many definitions of foresight as ther Elueraoripnegs  tshaet ewlliatye  fnoar vtihgea tiooffni csiyals tlaeumn,chp roafbe defined as the process of analysing current scientific devctitioners, it can generally cments and societal challenges in order to identify future research priorities, thus lending a the project page 3term perspective to policy-making. Carefully controlled consensus-Many EU Member States, especially those withDr Havas described the tension that exists be building process needed to clinch ITER project, says Busquintsys dedr fo smed and heun-fllweret op mylcbisliksaema-tg ininwteeort n shlongand e-As the countdown to the implementationlrea of the international thermonuclearisnos atet.sE oc-nomic and instiutitnolar -ema anyesccs tahcuhe ten bitefths ydr ae-lsidesearch, have a experimental reactor (ITER) project geatcs require long term formstivities can offer. But underway, the Commission has underlined the urgent need for further consensus approaches, he said, butwhat role can foresight building and additional objective criteria to help select the right Europeanonsiescc ahe tinhtiw yalpfdiuno era sn-id netffdnt gna at tlnaecekh ao  osfh wprtieo neoiccniuarotleiit candidate site for ITER page 5 financial and other re- verted by equally pressing Council welcomes Commission’s shortsources often imposes term issues, such as broader conception of innovation unemploymentlimits on the scope of re- and budget The Commission’s recent communication on innovation was given a warm welcsoemae ‘A comprehen- imbalances.rch activities, and by ministers attending thewhere, generally, fore- sive foresight process, in-Competitiveness Council in BrusselsAttila Havas on 13 May page 7sight is at an earlier stag©eCORDIS Newsvolving all stakeholders, of development? can help to find a balance Report reveals significant increase in Ireland’s R&D public expenditurecompeting prirouri-ebwtee nhtse etseuq eht fo eno dedssredd ansioTih saw s.seit Irish public funding of research andepineho gnt if a on oessing s, Drre,sohdlvereh woien nevcc-oiot nkfentoac nsecreenIt redro development (R&D) rose by 40% in 2t0l0e1d, avas told CORDIS News that it had been nec- ‘Foresight in the enlarged European ReH-according to a new report published by the national policy and advisory boarsdearch and Innovation Area’, hosted by thessary to first overcome an initial reluctance to for enterprise, trade, science, technoloGgyPresidency in Ioannina, on 15 May. embrace foresight within the acceding coun-reek and innovation (Forfás) page 12 For Attila Havas, from the institute of economt-ries. Head of Eureka secretariat calls forAcademy of Science, th‘eMany experts within the former Soviet statesics at the Hungarian restructuring of network in responseeconomic and societal challenges facing thewere sceptical at first, because they saw fore to change The outgoing head of the Eurekaacceningpnl asntrsasli ohtigesoritivct aaem setaf taht nsiesi thgs salpmi a yw nermfof  ontce secretariat has called for a reorganisationr of the organisation in order to enhancaaeanpheeroEus ouerspitttusbi c,nsee.idrSt nuso ica rywao ls arewes  tcafeht ot eud roycveesist  sbthat  ae rpernoastergoift htc us ah soapfm is cfaor lawrh ,t hhe mi caomerp orgrren d industrial co-operation, thus contributing to the Barcelona goal of increasingthe nature of the debate is somewhat alteredr.esult in any number of outcomes or ‘right an-research investment in Europe to 3% oWf,rswesculaartiscierly tiesi  stop fln hfhiet nt n,lc iegeeahrntmep orecssw sas itll in its GDP page 18en early stages, the current group of accessionadded. Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .s.ta2as the tranT-he types of initiatives that Dr Havas feels actes were collectively referred to News from the Greek Presidency . 4sition countries, and while the terminology hascession states will benefit most from are joint Innovation: Policy and Practice . . .si7nce changed, Dr Havas reminded delegatefsoresight studies with neighbouring countries, Programme Implementation . . . . .t.h9at these countries still find themselves in ian order to identify synergies as well as differ Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .s1t2 perspectives, as well as co-ordinated, or ‘pa entate of flux. Result . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Calls and Tenders . . . . . . . . . . . . .1T4.semmargorp thgiesnitdiloang iwlhle ryetaioirresseaal  efrtii o nn,  anoapsiescc antou coneh General Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .t1h5ey need to find new markets, develop newKarel Klusácek is the director of the technol-Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .i1nd8in tces hetcievye rpeenttif  c oomeh etihrdaca ymes foneeniscsesristut esaercni dna g,o Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .i2n3is hngrinFtosreer-e pot noitafinefrt leclhf ubeyC zlebmceige R.utpn ed umdo r,anlant  odrreo Other Items Online . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s6ight can help,’ he said. CORDIS on the Web . . . . . . . . . . 27continued on page 3
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‘Urgent action’ required in order to reach agreement on European space policy, concludes Competitiveness Council
The decision to address the obstacles hindering the development of a comprehensive space policy has been described as ‘ to the long term interests of the Union’ by ministers who adopted a resolution on the subject at the EU Competitiveness Co on 13 May. Ministers welcomed the work already ing between the EU Council and the ESA achieved by the Commission in co-opera council at ministerial level for sometime tion with European Space Agency (ESA in the second half of 2003. garnede nM epampbeerr  oSnt astpeas,c ei n pdorliacwy.i nHgo uwpe vtehrThe Council also adopted conclusions on given the current critical situation in th the EU defence equipment policy and in European space sector, mainly in th particular on ‘the importance of putting in place arrangements, which could lead lealluitnec hm asrekrevitcs,e sm iannisdt tehrse  ncootmedm tehracti iasl ssuato greater cost-effectiveness, improved raised during the green paper consulta harmonisation of standards, and more efficient planning and procurement of tgieonn cny.eed to be addressed with some urdefence equipment and research, tech-nology and development (RTD), based on With respect to this, the Council calle technological innovation.’ for concrete action to be taken with re© NASATo follow the progress of such arrange-
ments, the Council called on the Com-mission to draw up a report by the end of The Council reminded the2003, based on preparatory action taken published by:siisnot oCmmerngt harostin relation to the development of l coesecurity-related research. EUROPEAN COMMISSIONpo-tanranoinoatreiitnWith regard to the recently announced Enterprise Directorate-Generalthe to siiclac urresearch action plan for Europe, discus-Innovation Directoratedopmeevela fo tnsions focused on the importance of a pub-lic-private partnership in order to achieve CommuniLc-a2t9io2n0  aLnudx eAmwabroeunregss Unit (C.4)pa svesicecneherpmolevel of investment in research anda high E-mFaaixl::  I+n3n5o2va-t4i3o0n1@-c3e2c0.8eu4.intcylipo ,seepiclaylcRt&  a(n,s iDo)oipoeplrtnytmreian dnvoeidt ta naUE necessaal levelhcei-vyrf roa considering the recenting the 3% investment target, and the role COhRttDpI:S/ /fwowcuw.sciso radliss.ol ua/fvoaciluasb/leen/at:erev nalewmeegre ecns foetnoI.txil n thg tof iheormpncta efot ehc moum-he rof tsic  nhtsni geoi Based on informationweporsspe acnication, the Council instructed the com-from CORDIS Newsmittee of permanent representatives available onthe Web at:(COREPER) to undertake a more detailed  http://www.cordis.lu/newsht eer-p no nal ehtitcaontif  oxaenamithehat so td ant ecojprO LEILAG eht ot drag structuring of European launchers. Fur-Council could discuss it at a forthcoming thermore, reaching a framework agree-session. ment between the Community and ESA by the end of 2003 would also help bringA number of items were also approved the EU a step closer to the developmentwithout debate. These included the sign-of an overall policy on space, agreed thieng of an agreement on scientific techni-Council. cal co-operation between the Commu-nity and Israel, and participation in the wCeOekRsD IbSy  ftohceu Is nisn opvuabtliiosnh eDdi reevcetroyr attwe oasuEclini- dndelevpero aanrtnu seinipooc ght doC emer edniatthtr sismmonsietnrtaoinoeg rniperationnal co-oncil CouThe cal trials programme’ (EDCTP). part of the European Community’sis crucial to the development of a com-Sixth Research Frameworkprehensive space policy, especially con-To read the Council conclusions, please consu the following Web address: Programme, and presents the latestsidering the recent emergence of severalhttp://ue.eu.int/pressData/en/intm/75728.pdf news on European Union research andnew space powers. To help in the processBasedontfehnooslusiconcraftthed innovation and related programmesof maintaining international co-operativetetioCpmilncousCeseniv and policies.ties, the Council proposed a joint meet-RC24202N
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