Report of the 160th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials for Scientific and Technical Research (COST) - 19 New Actions Launched (link)

December 6, 2004

Brussels, 03 Dec 2004

Brussels, 1-2 December 2004
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The 160th meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), chaired by its President, Prof. Francesco FEDI, was preceded by a COST Day on 30 November 2004.

The aim of this event was to present COST achievements and future plans and to discuss the role of COST in the development of the European Research Area (ERA)1.

Reinforced synergy with EUREKA

Mr R.Kramer, Chairman of EUREKA High Level Group, had been invited to address the meeting and to present the ongoing activities of EUREKA, with a view to further elaborate synergies between the two mechanisms.

It was recalled that the Council (Competitiveness) of the EU in its conclusions of 24 September 2004 had stressed the importance of reinforcing the ties between the Framework Programme and European intergovernmental organisations, such as EUREKA and COST.

Position of COST in ERA

The Committee finalised the statement "Position of COST in the future EU policy for research support". Referring to the six major objectives identified in the Commission communication published in June 2004 ("Science and Technology, the key to Europe's future ­ Guidelines for future EU policy to support research" COM(2004)353), the COST statement highlights the objectives where COST could make a substantial contribution.

COST launches nineteen new Actions

The Committee agreed in principle to the launching of the following nineteen new COST Actions:


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