The Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CREA) is an interuniversity research centre (UMONS & ULB) that will soon be established in Charleroi. Through its activities, it aims to strengthen research and contribute to the economic development of the region. By bringing researchers together, CREA intends to work hand in hand with public and private partners to provide support for a series of university courses and to organise scientific meetings. Its fields of scientific expertise are education, gender, environment, labour, human resources and decision aid, as well as public, industrial, regional and international economics. Contact persons at UMONS: Professors B. Mahy and G. Pagano.