Agenda of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), 29/30 March

March 20, 2006

Brussels, 17 Mar 2006

Full text of Document 805/1/06 Revision 01

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. Approval of Summary of Conclusions of the previous meeting (COST 330/05)

Information items

3. Presentations of the COST Domain Reviews in the field of
- Agriculture, Biotechnology, Food Sciences, Forestry and Forest Products, Environment and Meteorology; Prof. Sten Nilsson
- Transport and Urban Civil Engineering; Dr Margaret O'Mahony

4. European Technology Platforms and COST
- presentation by Mr Sean O'Reagain, Head of Sector, European Commission

5. Synergy with other European initiatives (ESF, EUREKA) 6. Situation of new domain structure (nominations to DCs, domain descriptors)

7. Financial issues: Summary of expenses 2003-2007 and Transition from FP6 to FP7

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Items for approval

8. Action related items http://www.cost.esf.org/index.php?id=691
(a) Proposals of new Actions
(b) Requests for participation from Institutes of non-COST countries
(c) Requests for extension or prolongation of COST Actions
(d) Devolution of financial administration to Actions

9. Appointment of a new JAF member (COST 214/06)

10. COST Fund (COST 201/1/06 REV 1)
(a) Auditors' report on the Statement of revenue and expenditure 2005
(b) Designation of auditors for the COST Fund for 2006

11. Open Call and Selection Criteria for new Actions (COST 203/1/06 REV 1)

12. Implementation of the new COST Domain structure
(a) Termination of the old TC mandates (COST 215/06)
(b) Draft Terms of Reference of Domain Committees (COST 2/2/05 REV 2)
(c) Draft Rules of Procedure of Domain Committees (COST 3/2/05 REV 2)

13. Proposal for a survey on customer satisfaction 14. Future meetings

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Items for examination

15. A view of the COST CSO on the level of the financial support for COST in the FP7

16. COST governance (COST 205/1/06 REV 11)

17. COST Strategy
- A new COST Instrument: Young Investigators Network (YIN)
- Nominations of Young Researchers in the MCs of the Actions
- Initiatives for the involvement of new groups in COST Actions
- Strategy for COST cooperation with third countries

18. Interpretation of the CSO and JAF Working methods

19. Any other business

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