Documents for CSO meeting (COST Mid-Term Review Panel's report, domain restructuring, prioritisation and report on budget allocations, voting, cooperation with neighbouring countries) - 23-24 November

October 31, 2005

Brussels, 28 October 2005

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Subject: 163rd CSO meeting on 23/24 November 1005, Agenda Item 7
- Comments on the Mid-Term Review Panel Report

At its 163rd meeting the Committee will receive a presentation on the above report by Dr. Kneucker, the Chair of the Panel.

With a view to the Committee's exchange of views on this subject, delegations will find attached a document laying down the COST Office's comments on the recommendations in the report of the Panel, which was examined by JAF at its meeting on 12-13 October 2005.

JAF recommends the Committee to take note of these comments.

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Full text of Document 305/1/05 Revision 01
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Subject: 163rd CSO meeting on 23/24 November 2005, Agenda Item 13
- Proposal for Domain Restructuring

Following the JAF meeting of 12/13 October 2005 delegations will find attached a proposal for Domain Restructuring with a view to item 13 of the 163rd CSO meeting on 23/24 November 2005.

Annex I contains a number of proposals of an operational character on which the Committee's decision is requested, whereas Annex II sets out the provisional reallocation of existing Actions to the proposed new Domains according to Annex B of the Working Group report.

Delegations are invited to submit their comments, if any, to the Secretariat by 15 November 2005 at the latest.

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Full text of Document 307/1/05 Revision 01
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Subject: 163rd CSO meeting on 23-24 November 2005, Agenda Item 11
- Prioritisation, plan for Actions approval and report on budget allocations

Following the JAF meeting of 12-13 October 2005, delegations will find attached a proposal on "Prioritisation, plan for Actions approval and report on budget allocations" with a view to Item 11 of the Committee's meeting on 23/24 November 2005.

Delegations are invited to submit their written comments, if any, to the Secretariat by 15 November 2005 at the latest.

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Full text of Document 262/4/05 Revision 04
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Subject: 163rd CSO meeting on 23/24 November 2005, agenda item 10
- Voting Procedures in the COST CSO

Following the JAF meeting on 12/13 October 2005 delegations will find attached a revised proposal for Voting procedures in the COST CSO.

JAF recommends to the CSO - to approve the attached proposal on Voting procedures, and - to modify the present Article 8 of the CSO Working Methods accordingly.

Delegations are invited to submit their comments, if any, to the Secretariat by 15 November 2005 at the latest.

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Full text of Document 310/1/05 Revision 01
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October 2005

NOTE From: JAF To: COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)

Subject: 163rd CSO meeting on 23/24 November 2005, agenda item 15 - Strengthening R&D cooperation with Neighbouring Countries

Delegations will find herewith a document on "Strengthening R&D cooperation with Neighbouring Countries" with a view to item 15 of the CSO meeting on 23/24 November 2005.

One of the conclusions of the Committee at its 162nd meeting when examining the note of JAF concerning the above subject was to invite the COST Office to prepare an overview of current instruments and financial means for the cooperation with non-COST countries1.

INTRODUCTION

COST has always been an open system of networking and has encouraged the participation of institutes from non-COST countries to participate in COST Actions. From the establishment of COST, it involved countries from outside the then European Economic Communities of six Member States. In more recent years COST has frequently led the way in integrating researchers from EU candidate countries and near neighbours into the European research community.

In 1989, COST formulated its policy on participation of organisations and institutes from non- COST countries in Actions if there is a justified interest. The procedural steps and criteria are given in the annex to document COST 286/93.

COST was the first European frame of research cooperation to take up members from Central and Eastern Europe, growing from its original 19 to 35 European Member States. Its policy towards enlargement is laid down in the Committee's conclusions of 25 January 1994 (doc. COST 212/94).

COST is a significant contributor to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which has three main objectives which are enhancing co-operation in the political field; in security matters; and in social-economic development in a way that is distinct from EU membership, into which research cooperation usually falls.

CURRENT COST SUPPORT

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