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The European Commission has approved the participation of Germany in a research and development project on a terrestrial digital radio system (EUREKA - EU 147 DAB: Digital Audio Broadcasting System). The project will cost a total of ECU 40.5 m and be carried out in cooperation with scientific centres, broadcasting companies and industrial firms in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The recipients in Germany are AEG, Bosch-Blaupunkt, Grundig, Intermetall and Deutsche Thomson-Brandt. The main aim is to introduce an international standard for the digital terrestrial radio system to put to the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and the IRCC (International Radio Consultative Committee) with a view to defining new standards in this field. Once the standards have been approved, the European radio and television industry will be able to launch new microelectronic products onto a market which is currently saturated. The aid amounts to ECU 17.15 m for the period 1984 to 1990, representing 50% of the cost of German participation in the project, which involves both basic industrial research and applied research. The Commission has agreed that such a project is a major project of common European interest.