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  • 1 National Technical University Department of Mathematics Zografou Campus Athens 157 80 Greece Zografou Campus Athens 157 80 Greece
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In this paper we study optimal control problems for systems governed by nonlinear evolution equations. First we develop an existence theory for systems with a priori feedback using the reduction technique and a convexity-type hypothesis involving property Q. In doing this we also establish the nonemptiness of the set of admissible state-control pairs, by solving a nonlinear evolution inclusion. Then we obtain necessary conditions for optimality for a class of problems with terminal cost criterion and initial condition which is not a priori given but is only required to belong to a given set (systems with insufficient data in the terminology of Lions).