News archive - Operational Guidance for the Steering Platform

After the launching event of the Steering Platform, further preparatory work continued on multiple levels: The European Commission was busy drafting the terms for the Seventh Framework Programme for RTD (FP7) and the parameters for the accession of the Western Balkan countries. Elaborations on the work programmes targeting horizontal issues of international cooperation were also substantially carried forward. Furthermore, several working groups discussed the Mission Statement and possible directions for the operation of the Steering Platform. Finally, the Information Office was setting up its services according to the project plan.

A major step towards ownership of the Steering Platform by the Western Balkan countries - as suggested by Commissioner Potočnik in his opening speech in Vienna - happened on October 18, 2006, in Königswinter/Bonn, Germany. Taking advantage of a meeting in the so-called “West Balkan Forum of SEE-ERA.NET”, the participants representing the relevant ministries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, discussed a proposal for the rules of procedure for the Steering Platform.
On October 20, during the SEE-ERA.NET Steering Board Meeting, the results were presented to Tania Friederichs from the European Commission and Elke Dall from the Information Office in form of a working document, envisaging the establishment of a sustainable structure of the platform with a clear allocation of responsibilities.
In order to provide a sound basis for the Steering Platform in the future, the possibility of an INCO-NET was considered, which is an activitiy scheduled in the “Capacities” Programme under FP7. More details are provided here.

Article published in eJournal fall 06.

Entry created by Elke Dall on November 13, 2006
Modified on November 10, 2006