Proposed Council Decision on Modifying the Agreement on Research and Development Activities in the Domain of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Australia, Canada, the EFTA Countries of Norway and Switz

July 5, 2006

Brussels, 04 Jul 2006

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Subject: Proposal for a Council Decision authorizing the conclusion of the agreement to renew and modify the agreement on research and development activities in the domain of intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS) between the European Community and Australia, Canada, the EFTA countries of Norway and Switzerland, Korea, Japan and the United States of America

Delegations will find attached a proposal from the Commission, submitted under a covering letter from Mr Jordi AYET PUIGARNAU to Mr Javier SOLANA, Secretary-General/High Representative.

Encl.: COM(2006) 343 final

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

By Decision 1997/378/EC of .01.1997, the Council concluded the Agreement for scientific and technical cooperation in the domain of intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS) between the European Community and the United States of America, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the EFTA States of Norway and Switzerland. The agreement took the form of an exchange of letters that recorded the common understanding on the principles of the cooperation; details were attached as Terms of Reference (ToR) for IMS1. By Decision 2001/421/EC of 28 May 2001, the Republic of Korea joined the IMS agreement. The IMS agreement was concluded for 10 years and expired in April 2005 and the Commission had requested a negotiation mandate to renew and modify the agreement. By Council Decision of 29 November 2005, the Commission was authorised to negotiate with Australia, Canada, the EFTA countries of Norway and Switzerland, Korea, Japan and the United States of America the renewal and modification of the agreement. The results of these negotiations are fully in line with the negotiating mandate. They were integrated into the Terms of Reference for a Scheme for International Cooperation in Advanced Manufacturing (ToR) attached to the Council decision.

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