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Monitoring 2003, Implementation of Activities under the EC and Euratom Framework and corresponding specific programmes

Funded under: FP6


This is a report from an independent expert Panel convened to monitor the implementation in 2003 of the sixth (2002-2006) Framework Programmes (FP6) and corresponding specific programmes of the European Community (EC) and of the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM). The analysis covered the indirect activities of the programmes; Joint Research Centre activities are covered in a separate exercise.
The 2003 Monitoring Panel (the Panel) is the first to have a more 'light touch' approach focused on a limited set of management issues. The 'implementation' component of the Panel's new mandate was addressed through a focus on the efficiency of the launch process for FP6. The Panel RECOMMENDS that the focus of monitoring should shift from efficiency towards effectiveness as FP6 progresses, just as the focus of implementation shifts from launch towards achievement and outcomes.
Over 100 documents relating to FP6 launch, implementation and initial outcomes were reviewed. On balance, the evidence supported the conclusions of the Commission's FP6 Implementation Report that "the average quality of proposals has been good ... the coverage of the work programmes (is) very satisfactory ... excellent partnerships in key areas of research have been supported ... a clear movement towards greater critical mass."
The 2003 Panel has no further recommendations regarding the Commission's response to the 2002 FP Monitoring Report. On improving dissemination, the Panel suggests that the Commission analyses what communities are targeted and decides how activities are monitored, whether sufficient resources have been allocated, and whether there should be sanctions for inadequate delivery. On improvements in evaluation and assessment, it draws the attention of future Monitoring Panels to this for further review and suggests that the Commission should include assessment of socio-economic outcomes.

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