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Parliament signs off on the Fifth Framework Programme

The European Parliament adopted the conciliation agreement reached with the Council of Ministers on the overall budget and structure of the Fifth Framework Programme on 15 December 1998. It also adopted positions on the specific programmes contained in the new programme. The d...
The European Parliament adopted the conciliation agreement reached with the Council of Ministers on the overall budget and structure of the Fifth Framework Programme on 15 December 1998. It also adopted positions on the specific programmes contained in the new programme. The decisions by the plenary session of the Parliament end the involvement of MEPs in the legislation and clear the way for the Council to legislate on the Fifth Framework Programme at its meeting on 22 December.

The decisions by the Parliament cover the two pillars of the Fifth Framework Programme, both the section funded by the European Community and the section funded under the Euratom Treaty. They confirm the overall budget of the new programme as 14.96 billion euro - 13.7 billion euro coming under the EC heading and 1.26 billion euro under the Euratom heading.

MEPs voted to accept all the reports presented to them by their rapporteurs. Adoption of the main report on "Implementation of the Fifth Framework Programme" put the Parliament's formal seal of approval on the conciliation agreement reached in November with the Council covering the overall budget and structure of the new programme.

Further reports were adopted on the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme, thus fulfilling the legislative requirement for the Parliament to provide an opinion on these. On the EC side, reports were adopted on:

- Quality of life and management of resources;
- the User-friendly information society;
- Competitive and sustainable growth;
- Preserving the ecosystem;
- Confirming the international role of EU research;
- Boosting the role of SMEs;
- Improving human research potential.

On the Euratom side, reports were adopted on:

- The changing role of the Joint Research Centre;
- Preserving the ecosystem.

Source: Press service of the European Parliament

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