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29 July 2005
Pre-registration under CALL 5

CALL 5 was opened by the European Commission on 18 May 2005 to fund research projects in the Cultural Heritage sector of the IST Programme. This new call for proposals addresses, amongst others, the Strategic Objective 2.5.10 - 'Access to and preservation of cultural and scientific resources '. Closing date is 21 September 2005.

As many institutions and organisations have developed project ideas by now, it is recommended that they submit their ideas to the Commission already now with final submission of proposal following later.

Under CALL 5 it is very simple to pre-submit a project idea and it will make sure the European Commission is aware of your intention to make a proposal. Click here to go to the pre-registration form on the official website of FP6.

If you want to learn more about CALL 5, more details and documentation can be found at the following links:

Documentation on CALL 5 (including call text)

Summary of the research goals in the cultural heritage domain with a link to the full work programme.

25 July 2005
New Action Plan by the European Commission

On 20 July 2005 the European Commission approved the Action Plan to Improve Communicating Europe by the European Commission proposed by Vice-President Margot Wallström responsible for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy. The 50 actions set out in the plan aim at improving the Commission's capacity and skills to communicate European policies.

This Action Plan proposes also a working method to achieve more focused and efficient use of resources and to improve performance in communicating Europe. It will be followed by a White Paper to engage all stakeholders, setting out the policy vision and the initiatives to be undertaken in the medium and long-term, in co-operation with the other institutions and actors.

The official press release of the European Commission can be read here.

11 July 2005
Commissioner Reding on i2010

Viviane Reding, member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, made a presentation at EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table in Brussels on 8 th of July, 2005. The presentation titled Reinforcing the links between the EU and Japan in the ICT and media business focused on introducing the Commission's new initiative i2010 ( European Information Society 2010 ). It is the first concrete initiative taken under the renewed Lisbon Agenda to address the issue of competitiveness. The text of Commissioner Reding's presentation is available here .

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