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The Lisbon European Council of March 2000 set the objective of making Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge- based economy in the world by the year 2010. In its Communication on a renewed Lisbon strategy of February 2005, the Commission proposed to focus efforts on �delivering stronger and lasting growth and creating more and better jobs�. It is in this context that on 6 April 2005, the European Commission adopted the proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council on establishing a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) for the period 2007-2013.

The CIP brings together into a common framework specific Community support programmes and relevant parts of other Community programmes in fields critical to boosting European productivity, innovation capacity and sustainable growth, whilst simultaneously addressing complementary environmental concerns.

The Commission has proposed a total budget of EUR 4 213 million for the CIP, combining Community actions in three separate programmes called:
- the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), providing support for entrepreneurship, SMEs, industrial competitiveness and innovation with a budget of EUR 2 631 million;
- the ICT Policy Support Programme, promoting the development and use of information and communication technologies, and allocated EUR 802 million;
- the Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme (IEEP), aiming to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources, as well as the application of both in the transport sector, with a budget of 780 million.

The CIP is designed to be complementary to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research and the Structural Funds for regional competitiveness and cohesion.

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