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ESFRI is very proud to present the first European roadmap for new, large-scale Research Infrastructures, based on an international peer-review, which was adopted by ESFRI at its meeting of 28 ¿ 29 September, 2006. In the annex to this letter you will find the actual roadmap, which includes a short description of each of the projects and an estimation for the construction costs. Some are evolving projects while others need firm financial commitments from the start. The role of ESFRI in fostering incubation and stimulation will be exercised to bring as many of these projects to a point where decisions by ministers are possible. This requires in the first place discussions and decisions at national level in particular as regards the lead role one country or several countries may wish to take for certain projects. These reflections might encourage the development of national roadmaps and the earmarking of dedicated national budgets for the construction of Research Infrastructures with a European/international dimension, which ESFRI would welcome.
As said above, ESFRI is willing to continue its role (as indicated in the ESFRI charter) as incubator for the decision-making (and negotiating) process for the projects of the roadmap. For this reason it invites you to investigate whether you could instruct your ESFRI delegates to participate in exploratory discussions about the realisation of some of the proposed projects. ESFRI also welcomes the active role which the European Commission intends to play in this context under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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