Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)

The concept of Article 169 initiatives

Article 169 of the EC Treaty states that:

"in implementing the multiannual framework programme, the Community may make provision, in agreement with the Member States concerned, for participation in research and development programmes undertaken by several Member States, including participation in the structures created for the execution of those programmes."

In practical terms, Article 169 of the Treaty foresees the participation of the Community in the joint implementation of (parts of) research and development national programmes. Implementing Article 169 in the Seventh Framework Programme implies that the participating EU Member States integrate their research efforts by defining and committing themselves to a joint research programme, in which the European Community promotes the voluntary integration of scientific, managerial and financial aspects. The Community provides financial support to the joint implementation of the (parts of the) national research programmes involved, based on a joint programme and the setting-up of a dedicated implementation structure.

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