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European Commission launches Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research


Brussels, 8 June 2001

Key words: aeronautics, European Research Area

Invitation to a media event
Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, Hall 3
Tuesday, June 19 2001, 10-11.30 am

On 19 June, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will open the first meeting of the new Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) at the Paris Air Show, Le Bourget. In its January 2001 report, "European Aeronautics: A Vision for 2020" , the Group of Personalities chaired by Commissioner Busquin set out a number of recommendations for fulfilling Europe's goal of becoming a global leader in the field of aeronautics while serving society's needs better. Among its conclusions, the Group stressed the need for a new Advisory Council, whose goal would be to develop and implement a strategic approach to European aeronautics research. Just five months later, the new council will begin its work by meeting at the 44th Paris Air Show. ACARE members include Walter Kröll (Chairman, DLR), François Lureau (CEO of Thales Aerospace), Phil Ruffles (Director of Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce), Joachim Szodruch (Director, EADS Airbus) and Victor Aguado (Director-General, Eurocontrol).

Journalists covering aeronautics and/or research issues are invited to ACARE's opening session, which starts at 10.00 when members will be welcomed by Commissioner Busquin and the work of ACARE presented; this will be followed by a question and answer session for the media. Afterwards, they will be able to talk informally with members of the newly established Advisory Council and senior staff from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research.

ACARE: membership and mission

The ACARE will be composed of some 30 members, including representation from Member States, the Commission and stakeholders. It will meet at least twice a year. The primary mission of the ACARE will be to prepare and promote a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) as well as its recommendations and reports to all the relevant players. The SRA will serve as a guide in the planning of research programmes - particularly national and EU programmes - in the field of aeronautics. To this end, the activities of the ACARE will include:

  • preparing and updating the SRA;
  • making strategic and operational recommendations and commissioning studies for implementing the SRA;
  • evaluating the results and benefits of the SRA for Member States, the Commission and other players;
  • recommending measures for optimising the use of existing research infrastructure and achieving cost-effective investments;
  • recommending measures for improving education policies to attract the scientists and engineers needed in the sector;
  • implementing a communications strategy for promoting awareness of the SRA and disseminating information on research.

The Strategic Research Agenda

The SRA represents the plan for materialising the 2020 Vision and the goals it identifies. Those goals were to make Europe the uncontested world leader in aeronautics through collaboration, strengthened and guided by a single shared vision and the creation of a common structure as regards research and technological development in the service of a leading-edge sector symbolising European industrial ingenuity and excellence. The response to issues of public interest was also a key element of the 2020 Vision, including noise reduction, emission reduction, travel delays, and safer air transport.

Notes for editors: visiting journalists need to register with Le Bourget ( to gain access. Due to space limitations at the ACARE meeting, journalists wishing to attend should also register their intention with Stephen Gosden (see below) or Bettina Hausmann (0032 2 737 9561 or or 0032 479 83 2680 during the Air Show itself).

For further information, please contact:

Herbert von Bose, Head of Unit, Aeronautics, Research DG
Tel: +; Fax: +

Stephen Gosden, Press and Information Officer, Research DG
Tel: +; Fax: +

Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE)

Le Bourget - 19 June 2001


ACARE - a step towards the European Research Area in Aeronautics
P. Busquin, EU Research Commissioner

Co-operation between national and EU-funded research
J-C Gayssot, Minister of Transport, France

The position of Industry
J. Rose, CEO, Rolls Royce

The position of Research Establishments
W. Kröll, Chairman, DLR

The position of Regulatory Authorities
E. Van Nuffel, Director General for Civil Aviation, Ministère des Communications et de l'infrastructure, Belgium

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