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   The third EUREKA Conference of Ministers, at which the European
   Community will be represented by Commission Vice-President
   Karl-Heinz NARJES alongside ministers from 18 European
   countries, is to take place in London on Monday, 30 June next
   (see annex 1).
   The most important items on the agenda for the Conference will
       - progress of EUREKA
       - procedure for EUREKA projects
       - EUREKA secretariat
       - the European market.
   Progress of EUREKA
   The Commission has supported the EUREKA initiative from the
   start and is participating fully in its continuing development.
   It believes that Community programmes and the EUREKA projects
   are complementary to one another and constitute a whole
   directed at a single objective - strengthening of the
   scientific and technological base of European industry and the
   development of its international competitiveness, leading in
   turn to increased employment and prosperity in Europe.
   Their complementarity stems from the top-down, precompetitive
   nature of Community R+D and the bottom-up, close to the market
   aspect of EUREKA projects.
   There are various contributions which the Commission can make,
   on behalf of the Community, to enable the potential of the
   EUREKA initiative to be fully realized.
   Community participation in EUREKA projects
   So far, well over 100 projects have been submitted to the Group
   of High Representatives. Only 10, however, have been officially
   accepted by the Conference of Ministers. The Commission
   services have analysed the proposals to establish how they
   relate to Community R+D activities, considering in particular
   to which extent they are of a precompetitive nature.
   This has enabled the Commission to express an interest in
   participating in various forms in 5 projects:
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   - EU 7 EUROTRAC concerning tools for modelling and observing
   atmospheric pollution
   - EU 8 COSINE concerning the establishment of a communication
   network for research in Europe
   - EU 37 EUROMAR concerning the application of new technologies
   to the study of marine ecosystems
   - EU 45 PROMETHEUS concerning the use of information technology
   in road safety
   - EU 95 HDTV concerning high definition TV systems based on
   European standards
   These projects all have a continental dimension and tie in with
   existing Community initiatives, e.g. promotion and adoption of
   standards which have been developed in Europe.
   A further 30 or so projects on the agenda of the Conference are
   being closely examined by the Commission.
   In any event, Community participation will be determined on a
   case by case basis in agreement with industrial partners
   involved and bearing in mind the interaction of projects with
   current Community R+D programmes. This is best achieved if the
   Commission participates in the definition phase of any
   particcular project. Where there is a risk of considerable
   overlapping or duplication of effort the Commission believes
   that it is essential to hold a preliminary concertation with
   interested partners.
   Industrial Fora
   The Hanover Declaration of Principles suggests the
   establishment of industrial fora in certain sectors as a help
   in identifying possible EUREKA projects.
   Recognizing this as a means to further cooperation between
   industrial companies in general and small and medium-sized
   enterprises in particular, the Commission has already proposed
   the organisation in the autumn of a seminar on gallium arsenide
   integrated circuits to be attended by all interested parties.
   On 17 June the Commission sponsored a colloquium on the
   interface between Community competition policy and S/T
   cooperation agreements between companies in different Member
   EUREKA Secretariat
   In Hanover the setting up of a EUREKA secretariat was agreed in
   principle. Its tasks are defined as
   1)  clearing house for collection and dissemination between
   High Representatives of information on
       - proposals seeking partners
       - other proposals
       - details of projects.
         It is to keep a data-base for this purpose.
   2)  assistance to enterprises and institutes
   3)  support for all EUREKA meetings, including the industrial
   fora, and provision of information about meetings.
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   The Commission intends to sign on 30 June together with the 18
   countries a Memorandum of Understanding establishing this
   secretariat. This would entail Community participation in the
   financing of the operating costs for the secretariat and the
   secondment of a Commission official to its full-time
   professional staff.
   In addition, the Commission has suggested that the electronic
   information exchange system (EUROKOM) developed for the ESPRIT
   programme may be used by the EUREKA secretariat.
   The European Market
   Creating the large internal market by 1992 is a major objective
   for the Commission. EUREKA can give a further impetus to this
   European Market.
   In this way the Commission can provide important additional
   measures as called for in the EUREKA Charter. These measures
   can be summarized as:
   - free movement of goods
   - removal of technical barriers to trade
   - setting European performance standards
   - opening up publicc purchasing
   - associating prospective buyers (esp. governments) with EUREKA
   product R+D
   - setting health, safety and environment standards with
   reference to EUREKA
   - creating a research workers' Europee
   - protection of industrial property rights
- harmonisation of company law.

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