The European Commission released the following Press Release on 15/07/05.
"COST (European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) is a suitable mechanism for contributing to the Lisbon and Barcelona goals, due to its role in assisting the co-ordination of national research" an expert panel has told the Commission. The experts found that its structure and operating procedures are designed to be simple and responsive, making it particularly appropriate for involving new countries and new research groups. The flexibility of COST makes it attractive to young people and it has a role as good preparation for participation in European research programmes. Following positive developments in reforming COSTs science management, the expert panel was able to recommend the granting of the full €80M provided in the Sixth Framework Programme for the contract to the European Science Foundation (ESF), which provides the scientific secretariat for COST.
The Panels findings were that:
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