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The objective of the European Research Area, as approved by the European Council in Lisbon in March 2000 and firmly supported by the European Council at its meetings since then, is to decompartmentalise research in Europe. This implies, in particular, greater consistency and coordination of national research activities.

To this end, the Community Framework Programme for research activities proposed by the Commission for 2002-2006 1 with the express aim of contributing towards the creation of the European Research Area introduces new instruments designed to have a structuring effect on research activities conducted in Europe: networks of excellence, integrated projects and participation by the Community in national programmes carried out jointly under Article 169 of the Treaty.

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Record Number: 1643 / Last updated on: 2001-06-20