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 General Aims and Summary
The subject of the IRED co-ordination action (CA) started in 2004 was to extend the existing cluster activities, which started on a non funded basis in 2002, in such a way that a real European added value will be obtained by mobilising research as a major contribution to the ERA. The most important elements of activities were: A systematic exchange of information and good practice by improving links to relevant research, to regulatory bodies and to policies and schemes on European, national, regional and international levels; The set-up of strategic actions such as transnational co-operation, the organization and co-ordination of common initiatives on standards, testing procedures and the establishment of common education and training; The identification of highest priority research topics in the field of integration of RES and DG and formation of appropriate realisation schemes.

Finally, the establishment of the IRED cluster at the early stage of the FP5 area has resulted in the better pooling of dispersed resources and expertise and has enabled the undertaking of more substantial and more rewarding research initiatives. Under FP5 and FP6, important projects and actions have benefited from improved information exchange and coordination provided by the IRED cluster.

The conclusion after the cooperation work by the IRED members over the past years is that the cluster fulfils the continuing systematic exchange with the aim of supporting the European commission in reflecting the trends and results and identifying new topics for research in the thematic area of RES and DG in an excellent and efficient way. This is the reason why the IRED members are aiming to continue cluster activities.
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