The French delegation included Mr. Olivier Favry, policy advisor for Research and Scientific Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), Mrs. Elisabeth Legrand, programme officer for Northern and Eastern Europe of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), Mrs. Marie-Claude Dauchel, Teacher-Researcher at the Créteil University and Mr. Didier Haguenauer, attaché for cooperation, science, technology and university affairs of the French Embassy in Budapest.
During the meeting, the Parties scrutinised Hungarian and French project proposals submitted in the latest (2013) call for proposals, published in the framework of the bilaterally-coordinated Balaton Integrated Action Programme. They jointly identified project proposals that have the best outlooks in terms of feasibility and thus were designated for potential financial support.
Out of the 32 valid project proposals, separately ranked by Hungarian and French authorities, 10 gained consensual support from the two sides. The Parties agreed that young researchers participating in the winning projects may also receive additional financial support from the Hungarian side. Concerning the 17 project proposals that gained consensual support in 2012, it has been agreed that the financing of all projects shall continue through 2013.
The Parties mutually delineated the work plan for 2013-14. They mutually specified and accepted the deadlines for 2013, and included them in the protocol of the meeting. These deadlines lay down that winners will be notified until the end of June so the contracting of projects owners and the launching of the projects can start during the summer. The next round of call for proposals may be published in autumn with a deadline for submission before the winter. The next session of the joint committee is planned to convene in Budapest by the beginning of next year.