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Following the adoption of the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration: "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area" and the rules of participation and dissemination under the EC Treaty, the Commission has adopted, with the assistance of the programme committee, this work programme which sets out in greater detail the objectives and technological priorities and the timetable for implementation of the specific programme, in particular for the first year of operation.
As regards the Priority Thematic Areas of Research, the new instruments (integrated projects and networks of excellence) are recognised as being an overall priority means to attain the objectives of critical mass, integration of the research capacities, management simplification and European added value.
The new instruments referred to will be used from the start in each theme and, where deemed appropriate, as a priority means, while maintaining the use of specific targeted projects and co-ordination actions. In particular, a smooth transition with previous programmes will be ensured.

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