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The Progress of the EU-Balkan countries Action Plan in Science & Technology. Dr. George BONAS General Secretariat for Research and Technology Athens, Greece. Adoption of the Action Plan Important steps. Preliminary events (2000 – 2002): Vienna, Bonn, Bucharest, Sofia, Dubrovnik, …

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the progress of the eu balkan countries action plan in science technology

The Progress of the EU-Balkan countries Action Plan in Science & Technology

Dr. George BONAS

General Secretariat for Research and Technology

Athens, Greece

adoption of the action plan important steps
Adoption of the Action PlanImportant steps
  • Preliminary events (2000 – 2002): Vienna, Bonn, Bucharest, Sofia, Dubrovnik, …
  • Greek Presidency’s input
    • Background material and first draft
    • High Level Officials meeting (Feb. 03)
    • Ministerial Conference (June 03)

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

the shared vision document
The SHARED VISION document
  • Sets the Political context – ‘Zagreb process’ and Thessaloniki Summit
  • Defines four Main Goals
    • Improvement of Infrastructures
    • Improvement of Human Potential
    • Institution Building
    • Joint RTD activities

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

the action plan
The Action Plan
  • Specifies the Objectives and thematic priorities
  • Proposes for the Implementation:
    • Instruments (Multilateral, Regional, Bilateral)
    • Implementing modalities
      • ad-hoc group, Workprogramme
      • Two Task Forces
    • Duration: 3 years

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

how to implement the action plan
How to implement the Action Plan
  • Cooperation of High-level Officials
  • Stimulation of Scientists and Institutions
  • Skills and imagination for good proposals and adequate sources of funding

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

where are we today 1 3
Where are we today? (1/3)
  • Meeting of the ad-hoc group (Florence, November 2003)
  • Austria will act as facilitator for 2004
  • Greece will host a Web site for the Action Plan

The HLOs maintain the momentum!

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

where are we today 2 3
Where are we today? (2/3)

In the Action Plan we can read:

  • ‘Institution building…’
    • ‘synergies between bilateral initiatives and programmes’: ongoing
    • ‘Creation of NCP systems’: ongoing
    • ‘Evaluation and benchmarking of national research systems’: possibly

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

where are we today 3 3
Where are we today? (3/3)
  • ‘Joint RTD activities…’
    • ‘Decentralized water managt’: scheduled
  • ‘Infrastructure…’
    • ‘Electronic networks for science’: ongoing(SEEREN and Task Force)

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

task force on electronic networks
Task Force on Electronic Networks
  • First meeting in Athens (GRNET, 11/6/03)
  • 23 experts, good geogr. coverage:
    • 11 from the region
    • 10 from EU
    • EC-INFSO, UniAdrion

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

recommendations to governments
Recommendations to Governments
  • Recognize importance of NRENs
  • Need for one NREN per country
  • Exert pressure to operators for tariffs
  • New business models of broadband infrastructure sharing
  • Harmonize the regulatory environment with EU

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

planed activities
Planed activities
  • Explore and exploit sources of funding for:
    • Training of staff
    • Interconnection (regional and with EU)
    • NRENs equipment
  • Create small Working Groups to focus on:
    • Infrastructure
    • Regulatory environment
    • Funding issues
    • Organizational models and awareness actions

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

epilogue
Epilogue
  • The Action Plan sets the field for our initiatives in order to produce coherent results the next 3 years, for the benefit of the Balkan region.
  • In less than 6 months time, several activities have already been undertaken.
  • The Task Force can catalyze new initiatives to ensure the continuity of ongoing activities (e.g. SEEREN) and to address other important issues.

G. Bonas, SEEREN Inaug. Event

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