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Draft report on Science and technology- Guidelines for future European Union policy to support research (2004/2150(INI)), Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

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Abstract

The report calls for the synchronisation of the duration of the framework programmes with the duration of the financial perspectives, which would extend the programmes to seven years. The new system would comprise a rolling programme, including a mid-term review, which would allow a readjustment of objectives if and when needed.
In adopting the report, the committee called on the Member States to ensure a significant increase in the EU's research budget. The establishment of a European Research Area (ERA) will not be possible without a significant budgetary increase, claims the report, which subsequently 'calls for the same determination that was manifested in pursuit of the single market and monetary union to be applied by all Member States and EU institutions to building the ERA.'
The report welcomes the proposal on the establishment of a European Research Council, which, it underlines, should be adequately funded, independent, and accountable to its funders but autonomous in its operations.

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Record Number: 6836 / Last updated on: 2005-04-25
Category: MISC