Political and Security-Related Matters
- Possible sub-topics could include: "Conflicts and issues arising from ethnic and minority problems affecting security in a changing Europe".
(Topic l) 1
A. Defence Conversion (Including its Human Dimension)
- Sub-topic might include: "Problem of the human factor in the defence conversion process in regions endangered by unemployment".
- Possible topics for discussion at the enlarged Economic Committee might be:
- internal migration from Defence to other sectors of the economy;
- intellectual property rights in connection with industry restructuring and defence conversion;
- Possible topics for workshops/seminars on defence conversion might be:
- International seminar on "Demilitarization & Disarmament in Transition: Socio-Economic Consequences", Minsk, February 1995; Principal sponsor in Belarus: Ministry of Economy;
- International seminar on "Defence Conversion in East European Countries: Problems & Prospects", Minsk, 1995; Principal sponsor in Belarus: Ministry of Defence;
- Symposium on the possibilities of harmonising conversion strategies to be held in Budapest, Hungary, in the second half of 1995;
- Seminar on partnership experiences of conversion, to be held in 1995 in Poland.
- Possible subjects include:
- Exchange of experiences in conversion of factories and scientific centres of Defence Industrial Base (DIB);
- Meeting of experts for exchange of views and working out proposals on conversion.
- Possible themes for future discussion under priority areas of the Science Committee might be:
- Disarmament technologies: scientific problems related to disarmament technologies including the disposal of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and defence industry conversion;
- Environmenta] security: scientific problems related to the environment including the reclamation of contaminated military sites, regional environmental problems and natural and man-made disasters;
- High technology: scientific problems related to high technology including information science, materials science, biotechnology and energy conservation and supply (non-nuclear);
- Science and technology policy: problems related to human resources including science policy, technology transfer, innovation, management, intellectual property rights and career mobility (e.g. the rede- ployment of defence-industry scientists);
- Computer networking: strategies to enhance the scientific dialogue between NATO countries and Cooperation Partner countries using computer networking.
- Possible topics for ASI and ARW meetings might include:
- International seminar on "Role of International Scientific & Technical Cooperation in Supporting the Development of Science in Medium & Small-Size European Countries", Minsk, 1995; Principal sponsor in Belarus: Ministry of Education & Science.
Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS)
- Pilot study topics to be pursued include:
- Environmental aspects of reusing former military lands
- Protecting civil populations from toxic matelial spills during movements of military goods
- Cross-border environmental problems emanating from defence-related installations and activities
- Defence environmental expectations
- Management of industrial toxic wastes and substance research
- Air pollution transport and diffusion over coastal urban areas
- Deprived urban areas
- Evaluation of dernonstrated and emerging remedial action Technologies for the treatment of contaminated land and groundwater
- Indoor air quality (Phase II)
- Methodology, focalisation, evaluation and scope of the environmental impact assessment
- New agricultural technologies
- Pollution prevention strategies for sustainable development
- Use of simulators as a means of reducing environmental damage caused by military activities
- Possible new pilot study topics include the following:
- Seismic protection of installations that are high risk as sources of radioactive, chemical and bacteriological contamination as a result of fires, floods, explosions etc.;
- Seismic protection of buildings and installations supporting vital services such as rnedical, water, and energy supply systems;
- Environmental considerations in the restructuring of economic and defence activities;
- Prevention, simulation and management of nuclear accidents resulting from earthquakes in general or accidental coolant loss in particular;
- Treatment of naval base oil-contaminated wastewater;
- Defence-related communication and transport systems.
- The possible following topics for co-sponsored seminars would be forwarded to the appropriate NATO bodies for consideration according to agreed procedures:
- Seminar on Romanian-Hungarian experiences in implementing the Open Skies bilateral agreement to take place in Romania in 1995;
- Seminar on "the National Security Policy of Romania within the present European and regional geo-strategic environment";
- International seminar "Terrorism & Organised Crime: New Threats to International & National Security", Minsk, April 1995; Principal sponsor in Belarus: Development & Security Research Institute;
- International Seminar "Formation of Civil Society in Post-Totalitarian Countries & Problems of Democratic Control of Armed Forces", Minsk, 1995, principal sponsor in Belarus: National Institute of Humanities.
- The topics and activities shown in paranthesis at the end of each paragraph refer to the topics and activities listed in the Work Plan.