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Norway to participate in European security research

The EEA Joint Committee decided on 29 April to widen the programme cooperation between EU and the three EEA EFTA States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) to include the 2005 preparatory action ‘Enhancement of the European industrial potential in the field of Security Research’ (PASR).

15/02/2006 :: PASR will enable Norwegian actors in security-related areas to participate in research efforts on the same level as EU Member States, being granted the same access to Commission funds.

Situation awareness, protection of networked systems, protection against terrorism, crisis management, interoperability of control and communications systems are the targeted areas for industrial security research.

PASR aims to link civilian research with national and intergovernmental efforts in order to enhance European research efforts in the area of security to better face Europe’s internal and external security challenges.

The preparatory action, which may be extended for one more year, will pave the way for a much broader security research programme to be launched in 2007 as part of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7).

In the FP7 proposal adopted on 6 April, the Commission has argued that 9 percent of the total framework programme budget, or about half a billion euros per year, should be earmarked to security and space related research.

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Through PASR, Norway and EU Member States will have equal access to EU funding on security research