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On 28 June 2006, the European Commission adopted an amended proposal for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), seeking to incorporate amendments made by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in their first readings on FP7.
During the lifetime of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), specific consultations were carried out for selected programmes:
- Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), under the Information Society Technologies programme, have published the general guidelines of the FET [PDF] Strategic positioning and research directions that will be covered in FP7.
- Nanotechnology: the Communication "Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology" COM(2004) 338 was adopted by the European Commission in May 2004 and an open consulation was carried out.
- An open consultation has been held on Science and Technology Foresight in FP7.
Council of the European Union
The Council reached a political agreement [PDF] on FP7 (EC and Euratom) on 24 Jul 2006. On the basis of this agreement, the Council will establish its common position and forward it to the European Parliament for a second reading.
On 17 December 2005 EU leaders announced a Council agreement on the EU's Financial Perspective for 2007 to 2013 [PDF]. The compromise fell short of the doubling of the FP7 budget originally proposed by the Commission, however the final agreement states that 'EU funding for research should [...] be increased such that by 2013 the resources available are 75 per cent higher in real terms than in 2006'. Access the European Council conclusions [PDF].
Before its meeting of 11 October 2005, the Competitiveness Council issued a 'Background Note' [PDF] containing the outline of its debate on the FP7 proposals - especially the 'Ideas' and 'Capacities' sections - and proposed next steps towards adoption.
At its meeting of 6-7 June 2005, the Competitiveness Council held a debate on the 'Cooperation' and 'People' sections of the Commission's FP7 proposal, subject to current discussions on the Financial Perspective (2007-2013).
After its meeting on 25-26 November 2004, in which the Competitiveness Council urged the Commission to adopt its formal proposal for the future Framework Programme in early 2005, the Council issued a press release containing a response to the communication COM(2004) 323 [PDF].
On 16 June 2006 the European Parliament adopted the report on FP7 by Jerzy Buzek under the codecision procedure (1st reading).
This gave broad support to the European Commission's proposed work programme, which will have a budget of EUR 50,521 billion. The Parliament also adopted, by a large majority, the report on the proposed European Atomic Energy Community's seventh Framework Programme (Euratom).
Former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek MEP, rapporteur on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for the European Parliament's committee on industry, research and energy (ITRE), had drawn up a draft report on the FP7 proposals.
Following the Council agreement of 17 December 2005, the EP had requested an EU budget increase [PDF] in the areas it sees as pivotal for the future of Europe, including increased spending on research and development.
Following the presentation by the commission of its proposals for FP7 and CIP in April 2005, they were considered by the European Parliament's committee on industry, research and energy (ITRE) - a working document on FP7 [PDF] was tabled by FP7 rapporteur Jerzy Buzek at the committee meeting of 23 June 2005 and a working document on CIP [PDF] by J. Chatzimarkakis at the meeting of 11 October 2005.
The European Parliament's ITRE committee also adopted a draft report on the future of EU research policy [PDF] on 21 February 2005, giving support to the broad ideas presented in the Commission's communication.
In November 2003, a report by the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Trade (ITRE) called for the budget of FP7 to be increased to 30 billion euro for 2007-2010.
Court of Auditors
On 6 April 2006 the European Court of Auditors published its Opinion No 1/2006 on the proposal for a regulation calling for increased simplification and flexibility in FP7 rules for participation.
The aim was to identify areas which should continue from FP6 as well as new and emerging areas. The consultations also found support for European funding in the two new areas and the FP7 proposals include a sub-programme on Security and Space Research as one of the themes within the Specific Programme 'Cooperation'.
In fact, the Commission already identified two new thematic priorities for FP7 - security and space in its 16 June 2004 Communication [PDF]. Following this, the Commission held a stakeholder consultation on the future of European research, and a second stakeholder consultation on Research Themes in FP7.
The Commission initiated the Preparatory Action for Security Research (PASR) [PDF]. It used procedures adapted from FP6 and was equipped with a total budget of EUR 65 million for its duration (2004-2006).
The Security theme was included in FP7 and is regarded building block for supporting European freedom, security and justice.
The Commission aims to ensure that the European Security Strategy, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and other relevant Commission policies associated with internal security are fully taken into account in the development of security research. It intends to develop cooperation and synergies between Community security research and relevant aspects of the European Defence Agency (EDA) work, and a 'European Security Research Advisory Board' (ESRAB) has been set up.
The European Economic and Social Committee
On 14 December 2005 in its opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee they welcomed the Commission's proposal to increase expenditure and to devote nearly 8% of the total Community budget for Research and Technological Development.
Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions unanimously adopted an Opinion on FP7 at its 62nd plenary session (meeting of 16 November), held on 16-17 November 2005.
Last updated on: 2011-06-20