WEST BERLIN—Just one month after signing an agreement on scientific cooperation with its other half, West Germany has strengthened ties to another Eastern bloc country.

The Federal Republic and Hungary have agreed on a framework of cooperative projects in all areas of science, engineering, the humanities and the social sciences that is similar to the one reached in September with East Germany (see THE SCIENTIST, November 2, p. 1). The initial list of 32 research projects covers such areas as agriculture and forestry, nuclear safety, communications and the environment. In addition, West Berlin scientists and their institutions will no longer face undue restrictions on travel.

A bilateral commission is expected to meet next year in Budapest to discuss additional areas of cooperation.

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