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(g) A4-0457/98

Proposal for a Council Decision adopting a specific programme for research, technological
development and demonstration on ‘Improving the human research potential and the socio-
economic knowledge base’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0439/98 − 98/0183(CNS))

The proposal was approved with the following amendments:

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(Amendment 1)

Recital 6a (new)

Whereas the fundamental objectives of the RTD policy are


the development of the international competitiveness of
European industry and the strengthening of the Union’s
economic and social cohesion;

(Amendment 2)

Recital 7a (new)

Whereas the industrial competitiveness, jobs and quality of


life of the Union depend on it maintaining its leading
position in the development and adoption of the techno-
logies specific to the information society;

(Amendment 3)

Recital 8a (new)

Whereas the Community policy on equal opportunities


must be taken into account in the implementation of this
programme.

(Amendment 4)

Recital 8b (new)

Whereas if technology is a key element in innovation,


human resources are an essential factor; whereas in this
respect, as is stressed by the Green Paper on innovation,
initial education and continued training play a crucial role;

(Amendment 5)

Recital 8c (new)

Whereas the improvement of education and training sys-


tems is vital for innovative capacity, and thus for competi-
tiveness and employment in the Union;

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(Amendment 6)

Article 2(1), (2), and (3)

1. In accordance with Annex III to the Fifth framework 1. In accordance with Annex III to the Fifth framework
programme, the amount deemed necessary for carrying out the programme, the amount deemed necessary for carrying out the
specific programme (hereinafter referred to as the amount) is specific programme (hereinafter referred to as the amount) is
ECU 1 402 million, including a maximum of 6,35% for the ECU 1 280 million, including a maximum of 6,35% for the
Commission’s administrative expenditure. Commission’s administrative expenditure.

2. An indicative breakdown of this amount is given in 2. An indicative breakdown of this amount is given in
Annex I. Annex I.

3. Of this amount 3. Of this amount


− ECU 288,5 million is for the period 1998-1999, and − ECU 293 million is for the period 1998-1999, and
− ECU 113,5 million is for the period 2000-2002. − ECU 987 million is for the period 2000-2002.
Where appropriate, the latter figure will be adapted in accord- Where appropriate, the latter figure will be adapted in accord-
ance with Article 3(3) of the Fifth framework programme. ance with Article 2 of the Fifth framework programme.

(Amendment 7)

Article 2(4)

4. The budgetary authority shall, in compliance with the 4. The budgetary authority shall, in compliance with the
scientific and technological objectives and priorities laid down scientific and technological objectives laid down in this
in this Decision, set the appropriations for each financial year Decision, set the appropriations for each financial year.
taking into account the availability of resources within the
multiannual financial perspective.

(Amendment 8)

Article 5(1), third subparagraph (new)

The Commission shall publish the work programme and


every updated version thereof in paper and electronic form
(on the Internet).

(Amendment 9)

Article 5(2a) (new)

2a. All calls for tender for RTD will take into account the
EU’s policies on equal opportunities.

(Amendment 10)

Article 6(3), third indent

− any adjustment to the indicative breakdown of the amount − any adjustment to the indicative breakdown of the amount
as set out in Annex I. as set out in Annex I, if consistent with the allocations
laid down annually by the budgetary authority.
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(Amendment 11)

Article 7(1)

1. The Programme Committee shall deliver its opinion on 1. The Programme Committee shall deliver its opinion on
the measures referred to in Article 6(3) within a time limit the measures referred to in Article 6(3) within a time limit
which the Chairman may lay down according to the urgency of which the Chairman may lay down according to the urgency of
the matter. The opinion shall be delivered by the majority laid the matter, if necessary by taking a vote.
down in Article 148(2) of the Treaty in the case of decisions The opinion shall be recorded in the minutes: in addition,
which the Council is required to adopt on a proposal from the each Member State shall have the right to ask to have its
Commission. The votes of the representatives of the Member position recorded in the minutes.
States within the Committee shall be weighted in the manner
set out in that Article. The Chairman shall not vote.
The Commission shall adopt the measures envisaged if they The Commission shall take the utmost account of the
are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee. opinion delivered by the Committee. It shall inform the
Committee of the manner in which its opinion has been
taken into account.
If the measures envisaged are not in accordance with the The Committee shall meet as a rule in public, unless a
opinion of the Committee, or if no opinion is delivered, the specific duly motivated decision is taken to the contrary
Commission shall, without delay, submit to the Council a and published in good time. It shall publish agendas two
proposal relating to the measures to be taken. The Council weeks in advance of its meetings (also on the Internet).
shall act by a qualified majority. It shall publish minutes of its meetings (also on the Inter-
net). It shall establish a public register of declarations of
interest by its members.
If, on expiry of a period of six weeks from the referral of the These provisions shall be adopted in accordance with the
matter to the Council, the Council has not acted, the proposed Parliament position on a new act laying down the principles
measures shall be adopted by the Commission. governing European Union committees chaired by the
Commission and the implementing powers of the Commis-
sion.

(Amendment 12)

Article 7(2)

2. The Commission shall regularly inform the Programme 2. Pursuant to Article 5(4) of the Framework Pro-
Committee of progress with the implementation of the specific gramme the Commission shall regularly inform the Council
programme, and shall in particular provide it with information and the European Parliament as well as the Programme
about the results of the evaluation and selection of the indirect Committee of progress with the implementation of the specific
RTD actions. programme, and shall in particular provide them with infor-
mation about the results of the evaluation and selection of the
indirect RTD actions − including the participation of SMEs
− and the simplification of administrative procedures.

(Amendment 13)

Article 7a (new)

Article 7a

Protection of the financial interests of the European


Communities shall be guaranteed in accordance with
Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2988/95 on the protection of
the European Communities financial interests( 1).

(1) OJ L 312, 23.12.1995, p. 1.


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(Amendment 14)

Annex I

Type of activity Total Type of activity Total

Total (in millions of ecus) 1 402 Total (in millions of ecus) 1 280

including the key action: Improving the including the key action: Improving the
socio-economic knowledge base 10,0% socio-economic knowledge base 15,0%

(Amendment 15)

Annex II, Introduction, General objectives, third and fourth indents

− to help make the Community an attractive location for − to help make the Community an attractive location for
researchers and to promote European research in the researchers and to promote an internationally-oriented
international arena and to promote a European scientific European scientific and technological culture in particu-
and technological culture; lar through systematic networking and a comprehen-
sive public presentation of research results;
− to strengthen, through a specific key action, the socio- − to strengthen, through a specific key action, the socio-
economic knowledge base for a better understanding of economic knowledge base for a better understanding of
key problems facing European society; key problems facing European society and for formulat-
ing recommendations for policy discussions;

(Amendment 16)

Annex II(1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers, second paragraph

To address these issues, ‘Supporting Training and Mobility of To address these issues, ‘Supporting Training and Mobility of
Researchers’ will concentrate on helping to create a European Researchers’ will concentrate on helping to create a European
Research Area through the following overall objectives: Research Area through the following overall objectives:
stimulating training-through-research of young researchers, stimulating training-through-research of young researchers,
especially those in the early stages of their professional career; especially those in the early stages of their professional career;
promoting equality of opportunities between women and men promoting equality of opportunities between women and men
in the research field; promoting transnational cooperation in the research field; promoting transnational cooperation
between research teams, particularly through networking between research teams, particularly through networking
around a common research project; promoting the mobility of around a common research project; promoting the mobility of
researchers throughout Europe; encouraging cooperation, researchers throughout Europe; encouraging cooperation,
interactions and staff mobility between academic and indus- interactions and staff mobility between academic and indus-
trial research; and promoting the scientific and technological trial research; and promoting the scientific and technological
cohesion of the Community, particularly with respect to its cohesion of the Community, particularly with respect to its
less-favoured regions. less-favoured regions, with special reference to shifts in
science towards an interdisciplinary approach.

(Amendment 17)

Annex II(1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers,


third paragraph

This action of the Programme will be implemented through This action of the Programme will be implemented through
two lines: Research Training Networks and a coherent system two lines: Research Training Networks and a coherent system
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of Marie Curie Fellowships. They will be open to all fields of of Marie Curie Fellowships. They will be open to all fields of
scientific research that contribute to the Community’s objec- scientific research that contribute to the Community’s objec-
tives in research, technological development and demonstra- tives in research, technological development and demonstra-
tion, for projects chosen freely by the participants themselves. tion, for projects chosen freely by the participants themselves.
In the selection of projects, there will be no pre-established In the selection of projects, there will be no pre-established
target in terms of scientific discipline or topic − the selection target in terms of scientific discipline or topic − the selection
being made on the criteria of scientific excellence and being made on the criteria of scientific excellence and
relevance to the objectives of the actions alone (i.e. a relevance to the objectives of the actions alone (i.e. a
bottom-up approach). bottom-up approach). However there will be a published
(ex-post) assessment of project allocation in relation to
scientific discipline and participation by men and women.

(Amendment 18)

Annex II(1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers,


third paragraph a (new)

A special effort will be made to ensure balanced participa-


tion of men and women in the project selection committees.

(Amendment 19)

Annex II(1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers,


‘Research Training Networks’, second paragraph

Each network will be required to define an appropriate training Each network will be required to define an appropriate training
programme for its young researchers. Its training programme programme for its young researchers. Its training programme
will take advantage of the international nature of the network will take advantage of the international nature of the network
and, when relevant, the multidisciplinarity of its joint project, and, when relevant, the multidisciplinarity of its joint project,
the complementarity of its teams and the network’s connec- the complementarity of its teams and the network’s connec-
tions with industry. Research training networks will, in tions with industry. Research training networks will, in
particular, promote the training of researchers in an industrial- particular, promote the training of researchers in an industrial-
ly relevant environment as well as encourage interplay ly relevant environment as well as encourage interplay
between academic and industrial research. All networks will be between academic and industrial research. Equal opportuni-
required to offer equal opportunities to male and female ties for male and female researchers will be guaranteed in
researchers. all networks.

(Amendment 20)

Annex II (1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers,


Marie Curie Individual Fellowships, first paragraph

The scheme will provide advanced training through research The scheme will provide advanced training through research
for the best of Europe’s young researchers with a view to these for the best of Europe’s young researchers with a view to these
fellows becoming Europe’s leading researchers. The research fellows becoming Europe’s leading researchers. The research
institutions will host young researchers with the necessary institutions will host young researchers with the necessary
research experience. research experience. Time spent bringing up children will be
taken into account in any age-limits.
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(Amendment 21)

Annex II(1), Supporting training and mobility of researchers,


Stays at Marie Curie Training Sites

The scheme will provide young researchers pursuing their The scheme will provide young researchers pursuing their
doctoral studies with the possibility to undertake part of them doctoral studies with the possibility to undertake part or all of
at a Marie Curie training site, and by this means optimising the them at a Marie Curie training site, and by this means
use of specialist training sites in order to create Community optimising the use of specialist training sites in order to create
added value. In addition, organisers of international doctoral Community added value. In addition, organisers of internation-
studies in the framework of a formal collaboration between al doctoral studies in the framework of a formal collaboration
participating organisations in different countries having the between participating organisations in different countries
form of certain common requirements for achieving the having the form of certain common requirements for achieving
doctoral degree, are considered possible training sites. the doctoral degree, are considered possible training sites.

(Amendment 22)

Annex II(1), Enhancing access to research infrastructures, fourth paragraph

Another feature of Europe’s research infrastructures is the Another feature of Europe’s research infrastructures is the
relatively low level of transnational cooperation that exists relatively low level of transnational cooperation that exists
between infrastructure operators in many fields. A strong between infrastructure operators in many fields. A strong
Community added-value would arise if the same culture of Community added-value would arise if the same culture of
cooperation could be created among infrastructure operators as cooperation could be created among infrastructure operators as
is now beginning to exist between Europe’s researchers. is now beginning to exist between Europe’s researchers. An
important and fundamental condition is that the Commis-
sion’s list of research installations is made available to all
infrastructure operators.

(Amendment 23)

Annex II(1), Promoting scientific and technological excellence, first paragraph

Scientific and technological excellence are essential prerequi- Scientific and technological excellence are essential prerequi-
sites for Europe to succeed in the competitive environment of sites for Europe to succeed in the competitive environment of
international research and scientific development. The promo- international research and scientific development. The promo-
tion of excellence would be expected to encourage the best tion of excellence would be expected to encourage the best
individuals and teams to become involved in and be committed individuals and teams to become involved in and be committed
to European research and to increase the visibility of outstand- to European research and to increase the visibility of outstand-
ing research findings produced by European researchers. ing research findings produced by European researchers. It is
desirable to encourage participation by women in these
teams in order to capitalise on their contribution to
scientific research in Europe.

(Amendment 24)

Annex II(1), Promoting scientific and technological excellence,


‘Raising Public Awareness’, first paragraph

The main objective will be to raise public awareness for The main objective will be to raise public awareness for
scientific activities and technological developments, in par- scientific activities and technological developments, in par-
ticular those undertaken in European research programmes, ticular those undertaken in European research programmes,
and thereby bridge the gap between science in its European and thereby bridge the gap between science in its European
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dimension and the public. This should help European citizens dimension and the public. This should help European citizens
to better understand both the beneficial impact of science and to better understand both the beneficial impact of science and
technology on their day-to-day lives as well as limitations and technology on their day-to-day lives as well as limitations and
possible implications of research and technological develop- possible implications of research and technological develop-
ments. The activity will also aim to increase scientists’ ments. The activity will also aim to increase scientists’
awareness of issues and subjects that are of concern to the awareness of issues and subjects that are of concern to the
public. public. The dissemination of information via the Internet
plays a particularly important role here. In addition, key
figures, in particular the media, must be persuaded to
present the social role of research.

(Amendment 25)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


second paragraph

In a period of increasing challenges, such as unacceptable In a period of increasing challenges, such as unacceptable
levels of unemployment, an increase in inequalities, and a levels of unemployment, an ageing population, the globalis-
declining relative contribution to the world economy, Euro- ation of economies, an increase in inequalities, and a declining
pean society will have to undergo changes towards achieving relative contribution to the world economy, European society
sustainable socio-economic development, the improvement of will have to undergo changes towards achieving sustainable
the quality of life of all its citizens and to maintain and enhance socio-economic development, the improvement of the quality
Europe’s competitive position in the world. Social sciences of life of all its citizens and to maintain and enhance Europe’s
must therefore be in a position to respond to these challenges, competitive position in the world. Social sciences must
overcome national boundaries, reinforce their cooperation and therefore be in a position to respond to these challenges,
enhance their analytical capacity. Furthermore the process of overcome national boundaries, reinforce their cooperation and
European integration itself has given rise to a new object of enhance their analytical capacity. Science must fulfil more
study − European society − which is different from the sum of effectively its advisory and support function in the devel-
its components, although clearly dependent on them. opment of proposals for solutions to social problems for the
political sector. Furthermore the process of European integra-
tion itself has given rise to a new object of study − European
society − which is different from the sum of its components,
although clearly dependent on them.

(Amendment 26)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


third paragraph

The objective of this key action will be to improve our The objective of this key action will be to improve our
understanding of the structural changes taking place in the understanding of the structural changes taking place in the
European society in order to identify ways of managing change European society in order to identify ways of managing change
and to involve European citizens more actively in shaping their and to involve European citizens more actively in shaping their
own futures. This will involve the analysis of the main trends own futures. This will involve the analysis of the main trends
giving rise to these changes, the analysis of the relationships giving rise to these changes, the analysis of the relationships
between technology, employment and society, the re-appraisal between technology, employment and society, the impact of
of participation mechanisms for collective action at all levels new technologies on working conditions and the emergence
of governance and the elaboration of new development of new occupational health and safety risks, the re-appraisal
strategies fostering growth employment and economic and of participation mechanisms for collective action at all levels
social cohesion. of governance and the elaboration of new development
strategies fostering growth employment and economic and
social cohesion.
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(Amendment 27)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base, fourth paragraph

This key action covers a number of subjects linked to the This key action covers a number of subjects linked to the
general objectives of the Framework Programme and aims at general objectives of the Framework Programme and aims at
defining the base for employment, generating social, economic defining the base for employment, generating social, economic
and cultural development and for building a European know- and cultural development and for building a European know-
ledge society. These subjects should not be seen in isolation, ledge society. These subjects should not be seen in isolation,
but as interrelated parts of a coherent and comprehensive but as interrelated parts of a coherent and comprehensive
framework. framework. This link must therefore be given special status
within the research activities of the framework pro-
gramme. Integration of the objective of equality between
men and women will be encouraged in the most appro-
priate socio-economic research projects.

(Amendment 28)

Annex II (1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Societal Trends and Structural Changes, first paragraph

Against a background of profound structural, demographic and Against a background of profound structural, demographic and
social changes, research within this theme will aim at elucidat- social changes, research within this theme will aim at elucidat-
ing the complex interactions between societal trends, life ing the complex interactions between societal trends, life
chances, economic changes, labour market institutions and chances, economic changes, labour market institutions and
cultural patterns, taking into account European regional diver- cultural patterns, and the changes in social structures, social
sities. The analysis will include the phenomena of xenophobia, cohesion and mentalities, taking into account European
racism and migration. Attention will be accorded on the impact regional diversities. It is the causes and scale of these
on economic development, social integration and social pro- changes which require a far-reaching analysis in order to
tection. be able to discuss prospects and alternative approaches to
development. The gender dimension will be integrated as a
specific research theme on women, men and societal trends
and changes The analysis will include the phenomena of
xenophobia, racism and migration. Attention will be accorded
on the impact on economic development, social integration and
social protection and initiatives by citizens to deal with
problems of the disintegration and discontinuity of society.

(Amendment 29)

Annex II (1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Societal Trends and Structural Changes, second paragraph

The study of these interactions will provide a better under- The study of these interactions will provide a better under-
standing of the changing patterns of work and organisation of standing of the changing patterns of work and organisation of
time, of the use of new types of atypical and part-time or time, of the use of new types of atypical and part-time or
temporary jobs, of the capacity of education and training to temporary jobs and of what could be appropriate forms of
prepare individuals over their lifetime to a changing environ- education and training. It will also enhance knowledge and
ment and to enhance knowledge and of the gender issue in of the gender issue in European society. Research work will
European society. Research work will provide a sound know- provide a sound knowledge base and contribute to the
ledge base and contribute to the formulation and development formulation and development of the relevant European poli-
of the relevant European policies. cies.
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(Amendment 30)

Annex II (1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Technology, Society and Employment, first paragraph

Research under this theme aims to understand better the Research under this theme aims to understand better the
relationship of interdependency and embeddedness between relationship of interdependency and embeddedness between
technology and society. While the need for integrating social, technology and society. While the need for integrating social,
institutional and environmental concerns in the technological institutional and environmental concerns in the technological
development process is now accepted, the possible options development process is now accepted, the possible options
vary according to different kinds of technologies, the state of vary according to different kinds of technologies, the state of
their development and diffusion in society. Research will be their development and diffusion in society. Research will be
undertaken on methods of interaction between the various undertaken on methods of interaction between the various
actors concerned − suppliers, users, advisory bodies, decision actors concerned − suppliers, users, advisory bodies, decision
makers and public authorities. An improved understanding of makers and public authorities. The aim is to move from an
the deployment and the impact of technologies in various assessment at a later stage of the social consequences of new
socio-economic, territorial, institutional, political and cultural technologies to an integrated approach to planning and
contexts in the Union is expected to arise from this work. development. An improved understanding of the deployment
Research will also examine the role of the public sector in the and the impact of technologies in various socio-economic,
innovation process and how authorities interact with other territorial, institutional, political and cultural contexts in the
partners. Union is expected to arise from this work. Research will also
examine the role of the public sector in the innovation process
and how authorities interact with other partners.

(Amendment 31)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Technology, Society and Employment, second paragraph

Attention will be paid to the relationships between technology Attention will be paid to the relationships between technology
and employment, in particular the new information and and employment, in particular the new information and
communications technologies and the new ways of organising communications technologies and the new ways of organising
production and labour, including newly emerging professions, production and labour, including newly emerging professions,
the geographical location of employment, changes in the the geographical location of employment, new occupational
working conditions and in the workforce skills. The role of health and safety risks, changes in the working conditions
innovation in education and training, the concept of life long and in the workforce skills. The role of innovation in education
learning, as well as how education and training can stimulate and training, the concept of life long learning, as well as how
innovation, promote employment, social integration and equal education and training can stimulate innovation, promote
opportunities, will also be examined. employment, social integration and equal opportunities, will
also be examined.

(Amendment 32)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Governance and Citizenship, second paragraph

Research will set out to explain to what extent the various types Research will set out to explain to what extent the various types
of economic and social regulation in Europe are the conse- of economic and social regulation in Europe are the conse-
quences of a specific socio-institutional and cultural construc- quences of a specific socio-institutional and cultural construc-
tion, in order to define better European integration strategies. It tion, in order to define better European integration strategies. It
will address both Regulation by public authorities as well as will address both Regulation by public authorities as well as
civil initiatives and structures such as political parties, public civil initiatives and structures such as political parties, public
interest groups and social partners. The examination of the role interest groups, voluntary sector and community sector
of public authorities will also cover the re-assessment of their bodies and social partners. The examination of the role of
missions, and of the concept of public service and the notion of public authorities will also cover the re-assessment of their
public interest. In this framework, the analysis of the evolution missions, and of the concept of public service and the notion of
of welfare systems will be a key element. public interest. In this framework, the analysis of the evolution
of welfare systems will be a key element.
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(Amendment 33)

Annex II(1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


Governance and Citizenship, third paragraph

The analyses will be accompanied by the study of the concept The analyses will be accompanied by the study of the concept
of citizenship across Europe, and of types and systems of of citizenship across Europe, and of types and systems of
regulation to which they give rise. Research will also analyse participation and regulation to which they give rise. Research
the influence of the various components of culture (traditions, will also analyse the influence of the various components of
language, history, heritage, religions, migrations) and of culture (traditions, language, history, heritage, migrations,
educational models on the development of values. Analysis at gender relations) and of educational models on the develop-
the level of the individual could complement, where appro- ment of values, mentalities and attitudes to politics. Analysis
priate, research in this area. The role of media in a global at the level of the individual and the local action group could
economy, in which international audiovisual cultural products complement, where appropriate, research in this area. The role
are increasingly present, will also be examined. of media in a global economy, in which international audiovi-
sual cultural products are increasingly present, will also be
examined.

(Amendment 34)

Annex II (1), Key action: Improving the socio-economic knowledge base,


New development models fostering growth and employment, second paragraph

Research will concentrate on analyses of issues such as Research will concentrate on analyses of issues such as
organisational innovations, new types of work and employ- organisational innovations, new types of work and employ-
ment, the responses to the increasing demand for services, the ment, the responses to the increasing demand for services,
development of non-profit mutual supporting activities, and the development of non-profit mutual supporting activities in
innovations in socio-economic partners cooperation. Socio- the third system, and innovations in socio-economic partners
economic and demographic differences across Europe and the cooperation. Socio-economic and demographic differences
impact of the development models on economic and social across Europe and the impact of the development models on
cohesion will be included in the analysis. economic and social cohesion will be included in the analysis.
The evaluation of the effects and results of the European
Union’s structural policy will also be taken into account.

(Amendment 35)

Annex II(1), Support for the development of scientific and technology policies
in Europe, ‘Strategic analysis of specific political issues’,
first paragraph, introduction

This activity involves the provision of support for the analyti- This activity involves the provision of support for the analyti-
cal and collating work to be carried out on a limited number of cal and collating work to be carried out on a limited number of
specific issues relating to scientific and technology policy. specific issues relating to scientific and technology policy.
This work will be carried out by groups of experts from This work will be carried out by groups of experts from
specialised national and international organisations and specialised national and international organisations and
include studies, seminars and conferences. The matters to be include studies, seminars and conferences. They will also
dealt with will be identified by decision-makers and other provide politicians with an important source of scientific
players concerned with science and technology policies in the advice for political action. The matters to be dealt with will be
following fields: identified by decision-makers and other players concerned
with science and technology policies in the following fields:
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(Amendment 36)

Annex II(1), Support for the development of scientific and technology policies
in Europe, ‘Common basis of science, technology and
innovation indicators’

The design, coordination and assessment of RTD strategies in The design, coordination and assessment of RTD strategies in
Europe require the availability of relevant and comparable Europe require the availability of relevant and comparable
indicators at different levels (national, regional, European, indicators at different levels (national, regional, European,
world), including indicators measuring progress towards sus- world), including indicators measuring progress towards sus-
tainable development. This second type of activities, carried tainable development. This second type of activities, carried
out in conjunction with the Statistical Office and the relevant out in conjunction with the Statistical Office and the relevant
Commission Services and in cooperation with the Specialist Commission Services and in cooperation with the Specialist
Institutes in Europe, should gradually establish a common Institutes in Europe, should gradually establish a common
European base of science, technology and innovation indica- European base of science, technology and innovation indica-
tors. It will be a question of coordinating and funding the work tors. It will be a question of coordinating and funding the work
needed in order to compile appropriate statistics and new needed in order to compile appropriate statistics and new
indicators covering the Union and the main third countries; it indicators covering the Union and the main third countries; it
will in this way be possible to make available to the authorities will in this way be possible to make available to the authorities
concerned in the Member States, the European and national concerned in the Member States, the European and national
parliamentary assessment offices, and the Commission Ser- parliamentary assessment offices, and the Commission Ser-
vices and all interested parties, a coherent set of data sent vices and all interested parties, a coherent set of data sent
electronically and accompanied by the services needed for electronically and accompanied by the services needed for
their processing, analysis and proper use. their processing, analysis and proper use, i.e. the data
obtained using European research funds must be made
accessible to all interested parties.

(Amendment 37)

Annex II(2), introduction

A major feature of this programme will consist of the A major feature of this programme will consist of the
coordination and support of relevant activities throughout the coordination and support of relevant activities throughout the
Framework Programme, concerning, in particular, researchers’ Framework Programme, concerning, in particular, researchers’
training, support for research infrastructures and the overall training, support for research infrastructures and the overall
socio-economic dimension of Community research. More socio-economic dimension of Community research. It is this
specifically: horizontal socio-economic research approach within the
vertical thematic programmes of the framework pro-
gramme which makes coordination an essential precondi-
tion if it is to be successful. It poses a challenge to European
research which should not be underestimated. More specif-
ically:

(Amendment 38)

Annex II(2), third indent

− for socio-economic research: coordination will be − for socio-economic research: coordination will be
achieved through participation in the elaboration of the achieved through participation in the elaboration of the
work programmes, support in the creation of appropriate work programmes, support in the creation of appropriate
evaluation mechanisms and collection and dissemination evaluation mechanisms and collection and dissemination
of relevant information, in order to ensure that the of relevant information, in order to ensure that the
socio-economic dimension is consistently taken into socio-economic dimension is consistently taken into
account in the specific programmes. account in the specific programmes. In the development
of the evaluation mechanisms the aim will be for a
minimum number of socio-economic criteria for the
approval of individual research projects in all research
areas. To this end representatives of the social sciences
and the humanities must be involved in the assessment
teams.
9. 4. 1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 98/121

Tuesday 15 December 1998

TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS


BY THE COMMISSION BY PARLIAMENT

(Amendment 39)

Annex III(1), Enhancing access to research infrastructures,


Infrastructure Cooperation Networks

Infrastructure cooperation networks will be implemented as Infrastructure cooperation networks will be implemented as
thematic networks. Each network will contain at least three thematic networks. Interdisciplinary networks are neverthe-
non-affiliated legal entities which operate research infrastruc- less possible and desirable. Each network will contain at least
ture from at least three different countries of the Member three non-affiliated legal entities which operate research
States and Associated States and will be coordinated by a legal infrastructure from at least three different countries of the
entity which operates a research infrastructure. Member States and Associated States and will be coordinated
by a legal entity which operates a research infrastructure.

(Amendment 40)

Annex III(2), fourth indent and fourth indent a (new)

− information, communication and dissemination activities, − information, communication and dissemination activities,
including scientific publications and activities for the including scientific publications and activities for the
promotion and exploitation of results and the transfer of promotion and exploitation of results and the transfer of
technology; technology, including the means to overcome the lan-
guage barriers;
− measures to establish research networks;

(Amendment 41)

Annex III(2), seventh indent a (new)

− monitoring, on an annual basis, the increase of


women’s participation in RTD at all levels;

Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision
adopting a specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on
‘Improving the human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge base’ (1998-2002)
(COM(98)0305 − C4-0439/98 − 98/0183(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council, COM(98)0305 − 98/0183(CNS)( 1),

− having been consulted by the Council pursuant to Article 130i(4) of the EC Treaty (C4-0439/98),

− having regard to Rule 58 of its Rules of Procedure,

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy
and the opinions of the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on External Economic Relations, the
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Youth, Culture, Education and the
Media, the Committee on Fisheries and the Committee on Women’s Rights (A4-0457/98),

(1) OJ C 260, 18.8.1998, p. 87.