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Towards the fifth framework programme: additional material for the policy debate. Commission working paper. COM (96) 595 final, 20 November 1996

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 20. 11.1996 COM(96) 595 final COMMISSION WORKING PAPER Towards the Fifth Frameworl{ Programme: Adldlitional Material for the Policy Debate Introduction On 10 July 1996 the Commission scl out, in a communication entitled "Inventing Tomorrow", its proposed guidelines for the Fifth Research and Technological Development Framework Programme. These guidelines were presented to the 7 October Research Council and are now being examined by the European Parliament. To enable the debate launched in the institutions to proceed and take firmer shape, we now need to go one step further. This is the purpose of this first working paper. Its specific aim is to clarify the Commission's thinking m terms of structure, objectives and the means for implementation. At this stage, pending the conclusions of the five-year assessment report on the Union's research activities and the European Parliament's own-initiative report, the intention is mainly to clarify the proposed new guidelines ahead of the 5 December Research Council. A description of the detailed content proposed for the Fifth Framework Programme will be given in a second working paper that the Commission will produce for the beginning of 1997. The second working paper will be followed by a formal proposal to ·be tabled by the Commission in March 1997. It is generally acknowledged that the preparations for the Fifth Framework Programme should provide an opportunity to reassess certain aspects of the Union's research policy. The general approach proposed in "Inventing Tomorrow", namely a greater focus on societal and economic needs, is endorsed on all sides, as is the idea that the Union's research activities should be given the resources to respond appropriately and swiftly to a constantly and rapidly changing situation. To help explain how this approach can be implemented, this paper addresses the following aspects one by one: structure: objective

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