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Thursday, August 2, 2001

Belgian Presidency: ECSC Treaty expiry

Research, Industry, New technologies,

News Serge Kubla, chair of the Industry Council has announced his work plan for the Belgian Presidency, which will closely address life sciences, biotechnology and the allocation of financial resources to R&D activities following the expiry of the ECSC Treaty in 2002

The priorities of the Belgian Presidency show its will to increase the competitiveness of Europe. A particular attention is given to the modernisation of the rules governing competition between business policy, espcially for SMEs. The first field is the one of life sciences and biotechnology. M. Kubla intends to raise the following issues at the Industry Council on 5 December 2001 and hopes the Commission will also issue a Communication on it: - regulatory framework and application with a view to guaranteeing safety for human health and the protection of the environment - biotechnology research in support of European policies and industries, education, supply of qualified staff, intellectual property - innovation and competitiveness - public perception and good governance - EU policy in a global context The Belgian Minister hopes this will all be addressed in collaboration with industry. About the expiry of the ECSC Treaty on 23 July 2002, M. Kubla wishes to finalise agreement on the allocation of funds to coal and steel research. The Belgian Presidency intends to confirm or adjust the unofficial agreement reached at Industry Council on 15 May 2001. According to M. Kubla, the agreement is of great signification because this sector needs a huge budget for research to be able to redeploy and diversificate into new products. For further information, please consult the Presidency Web address: http://www.eu2001.be

Source :  Cordis


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