Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes associated to the Seventh European Framework research programme (FP7).
On 24 Nov 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission which will allow full access to the EC's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) which runs from 2007 to 2013. This "associated status" will allow Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in all calls for proposals and compete on an equal footing with the EU Member States and the other associated countries for research co-operation and support actions funded under FP7, as of 1 January 2009. This agreement is an important step in Bosnia and Herzegovina's integration into the European Research Area and in the pre-accession process for European Union membership. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the 12th country associated to FP7.
In order to address the worsening economic situation, the European Commission presented an Recovery Plan on 26 November including short term measures, but also initiatives to support innovation and ways to increase private sector R&D investments.
The plan suggests partnerships between the public and the private sector and targets three industrial sectors: A “European green cars initiative” with a combined funding of at least €5 billion, a “European energy-efficient buildings initiative” worth €1 billion, and a “factories of the future initiative” estimated at €1.2 billion. The focus will be on enabling technologies, such as engineering technologies for adaptable machines and industrial processes, ICT and advanced materials.
The European University Association (EUA) published a report entitled “Financially Sustainable Universities: Towards Full Costing in European Universities” on 13 November 2008.
The EUA recommends universities to implement full costing of all their internal and external activities to reinforce their financial sustainability. This report aims at providing an analysis of the current state of development of full costing in higher education institutions in Europe and also at identifying the drivers, benefits and obstacle in this process.
On 3 December, the European Commission suggested to set up the “European research programme in the field of metrology (EMRP)”, a joint research programme bringing together 22 national research programmes (including Switzerland). As science of measurement, metrology has various applications in very different fields such as health, security research, nanotechnology or environment. EMRP is financed jointly by the 22 participating states with up to €200 million and through an expected Community contribution of €200 million. The Commission’s proposal will now be transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council for approval and should be adopted in early summer 2009. More information.