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Co-Ordination of National Research Activities

Funded under: FP6


"Co-ordination of national research programmes" is a pre-requisite to any substantial progress for the creation of a European Research Area. Major progress in coordination of national programmes is also essential to reach the Lisbon and Barcelona objectives.
The legal basis for such co-ordination activities is provided by Article 165 of the EC Treaty, which invites the Community and Member States to co-ordinate their research and technological development activities. In addition Article 169 of the EC Treaty foresees that the Community may "make provisions, in agreement with the Member States concerned, for participation in research and development programmes undertaken by several Member States".
CREST recognised the importance of coordination of national programmes already in year 2000 and discussed this issue on several occasions. In addition the Commission proposal for the 6th Framework Programme (FP6) contained a specific part dedicated to the co-ordination of national programmes. The proposal also contained a specific reference to the use of Article 169.

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