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What's covered by the International Cooperation programme?

Cooperation with third countries and international organisations

In view of certain current scientific and technological problems, it can be in the interest of the European Union to cooperate with industrialized countries, developing countries and international organizations. An innovation of the fourth framework programme is that this form of cooperation will be grouped together in a single programme, in addition to the cooperation actions which will be supported by the other specific RTD programmes, in order to improve the relations in the field of RTD between the Union and other (third) countries.

Three areas have been identified :

  • "Scientific and technological cooperation in Europe" the aim of which is to strengthen links with COST, EUREKA and certain international organizations. In connection with PHARE and TEMPUS there will also be activities concerning the Central and Eastern Europeancountries and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union in order to safeguard their scientific and technical potential;
  • "Cooperation with non-European industrialized third countries" in order to optimize the European Union's RTD efforts while ensuring, in the long term, that there is a better match between its RTD policy and potential international markets. This cooperation requires flexibility (consultations, exchanges of experts, joint studies or even mutual participation in research programmes on both sides);
  • "Scientific and technological cooperation with the developing countries" to enable them to find solutions to problems which affect them directly (natural resources, health, agricultural production, etc.) and to enable them to be involved in the quest for knowledge in relation to issues of global importance (environmental protection, communicable diseases, desertification, etc.). Another objective is to preserve the excellence of European researchers in disciplines of relevance to developing countries (development of agriculture and fisheries, etc.).



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