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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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