• EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 1 INTRODUCTION
  • 1.1 Aims and objectives of the evaluation
  • 1.2 Method of approach
  • 1.3 Obstacles encountered
  • 1.4 Organisation of report
  • 2 THE CONTEXT OF THE EMN OPERATION u0096 PROBLEMS AND NEEDS
  • 2.1 Political and institutional context
  • 2.1.1 EU policy developments relevant to the development of the EMN
  • 2.1.2 Recent and forthcoming policy developments relevant to the future development EMB
  • 2.1.3 Overview of institutional developments in relation to networking
  • 2.2 Existing information gathering activity
  • 2.3 The 1996 Feasibility Study
  • 2.4 Problems and needs to be covered by the future EMN
  • 3 LESSONS EMERGING FROM THE EMN PILOT AND PREPARATORY ACTIONS
  • 3.1 Relevance and suitability of the EMN
  • 3.1.1 Purpose and Objectives
  • 3.1.2 Status
  • 3.1.3 Structure
  • 3.1.4 Functions / tasks
  • 3.1.5 Capacity
  • 3.2 Organisational efficiency
  • 3.2.1 Set-up of the network
  • 3.2.2 Management at NCP level
  • 3.2.3 Management by the Commission
  • 3.2.4 Management by the Scientific Coordinator
  • 3.2.5 Overall communication and dissemination
  • 3.2.6 Networking
  • 3.3 Achievement of objectives - effectiveness
  • 3.3.1 Results and outcomes of the network
  • 3.3.2 The EMN information system
  • 3.3.3 Financial progress
  • 3.3.4 Overall considerations on effectiveness and value for money of the EMN
  • 3.4 Conclusions and recommendations from the EMN pilot and preparatory phase
  • 3.4.1 Conclusions
  • 3.4.2 Recommendations for the future EMN
  • 4 ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY MECHANISMS u0096 FOUR OPTIONS
  • 4.1 Sources accessed for the development of alternative options for the EMN
  • 4.2 Four phases for developing the alternative options
  • 4.2.1 Phase 1 u0096 Identification or problems and needs
  • 4.2.2 Phases 2 and 3 u0096 Objectives, priority areas and functions
  • 4.2.3 Phase 4 u0096 Initially proposed options for policy scope and structure
  • 4.2.4 Estimated costs of the four options against the current EMN
  • 4.3 Preliminary ass