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The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) organised, in collaboration with the European Commission, a workshop - Legal forms of research infrastructures of pan-European interest - on 23 March 2006 in Brussels. The main aim of the meeting was to compile information and discuss experiences about different legal forms for establishing new pan-European research infrastructures. This workshop was very timely in the context of the ESFRI Roadmap for new research infrastructures, which should be published in autumn 2006, and the launching of the 7th Framework Programme which will support the development of new research infrastructures.
The creation of new pan-European research infrastructures with several partners from different countries involves long and complex negotiations, in particular, concerning the choice of the legal form of the new entity. This choice has long term implications for the operation and management of the facility. In this workshop, particular attention has been paid to the impact of the legal form on management, financial issues, human resources and access policies. In the 7th Framework Programme these will become major issues to be dealt with during the preparatory phase for the construction of new pan-European research infrastructures.
The four main objectives of the meeting were: to take stock of the experience in establishing European research infrastructures; to identify examples of good practices; to elaborate upon the advantages and disadvantages of the existing legal forms; and to define a set of criteria for the selection of the most suitable legal forms for new research infrastructures.

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