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Spanish position regarding the Seventh RTD Framework Programme of the EU

Funded under: FP7


Spain wishes to contribute to the debate on the European strategy on research and the goals of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D (FP7) and welcomes the Commission�s communication of 16 June 2004.
Firstly, in coherence with achieving the goals of the Lisbon process and the Barcelona Summit, and taking into account the recommendations of the Kok report and the catalysing effect of FP7, we believe the resources dedicated to the latter should be expanded to a sufficient level, among other possible contributions to meeting the above goals, within the framework defined by the new financial perspective.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals and to create the European Research Area, there must be a coherent approach to actions at the national and European levels, such that resources and actions are additional and complementary, thus provoking a multiplier effect on private sector R&D investment.
We believe the fundamental principles on which the earlier FP were based, and which have provided such good results, should be maintained. Such principles include European added value, subsidiarity of activities and complementarity with national actions. Furthermore, as far as is practicable, we should foster collaborative transnational research, cooperation between research groups, companies, end-users and administrations, and contribute to solving social problems and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. It is also necessary to further simplify processes, following the recommendation put forward at the latest Spring Summit that the FP should be more 'user-friendly'.

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Record Number: 6812 / Last updated on: 2005-04-20
Category: POLI