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Amendments Guide for FP7 Grant Agreements

Funded under: FP7

Abstract

An amendment to a grant agreement (GA) is a legal act modifying the commitments initially accepted by the parties and which may create new rights or impose new obligations on them, or modifying significant parts of the GA. It allows the parties to modify the GA during its lifetime.
An amendment has the following characteristics:
- It can only be done in writing - an oral agreement is not binding on the parties.
- It enters into force after the signature by the coordinator and the Commission through an exchange of letters.
- It takes effect on the date agreed by the parties; if no date specified, on the date of the Commission's approval (it has no retroactive effect unless agreed by the parties).
- It can only be implemented after the entry into force of the GA and before the final payment is made.
- It has to be signed by persons having the same capacity to represent the legal entity as those who signed the initial GA.
- All the other provisions of the GA not affected by the amendment remain unchanged and continue to have full effect.
- The amendment forms an integral part of the GA.
- It has to be compatible with the rules applicable to the GA (Financial Regulation, Rules for Participation¿) and with the articles of the GA. For instance, the consortium cannot propose an amendment to allow the coordinator to subcontract its tasks.
- It cannot have the purpose or the effect of making changes to the GA which might call into question the decision awarding the grant or result in unequal treatment of the beneficiaries.

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