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Draft Checklist for a Consortium Agreement for FP7 projects

Funded under: FP7


This document provides non-binding guidance to Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) participants regarding the issues they may wish to address in their Consortium Agreement (hereinafter "CA"). The CA is an agreement made between participants in an indirect action (i.e. a project) financed under FP7 to govern a number of issues that will or may arise during the project.
A CA is required for all projects financed under the Seventh Framework Programme unless otherwise stipulated in the call for proposals. The Community is not a party to any CA and does not establish the terms and conditions of the CA. However, in accordance with Article 24 of the Rules for Participation 1, the Commission has established and published these non -binding guidelines in the form of a checklist to highlight some of the main issues and the way they could be addressed by participants in their CAs. It is clear that in a given project not all of the issues highlighted will have to be addressed and that there may be others which are not mentioned in these guidelines which may be relevant.
The provisions of a CA should not affect the participants' obligations to the Community and/or to each other arising from the Rules for Participation and the EC Grant Agreement. Therefore, the CA can contain contractual provisions complementing these where required but they should not contradict or negate those obligations.
A CA may take different legal forms. Although a normal written agreement between the participants is likely to be by far the most common form chosen by the participants, it may for example also take the form of a separate legal entity (for example a European Economic Interest Grouping, association or joint venture). The advantages and disadvantages of each particular legal form should be carefully examined by the participants and determined in accordance with the needs of the consortium.

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Record Number: 8506 / Last updated on: 2007-05-11
Category: SUPP