Draft statement to the Council minutes on "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area" and "Structuring the European Research Area"

October 1, 2002

Brussels, 30 Sep 2002

Full text of Document 12374/02

26 September 2002

From : General Secretariat
To : Council
No. Cion prop. 5943/02 RECH ATO 13

Subject : Council Decisions:
- adopting the specific programmes implementing the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2002-2006)
- adopting the specific programmes implementing the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for research and training activities (2002- 2006)


I. Specific programmes "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area" and "Structuring the European Research Area"

Re: Programme management

(a) The Council and the Commission state that:

The programme committee of each Specific Programme will meet in different configurations according to the nature of issues on the agenda to be discussed.

Regardless of configuration, the committee will always have the competencies of the programme committee as defined in Article 7 of the relevant specific programme decision.

The Commission services will ensure efficiency in the committees' overall work and specific support according to the configuration and agenda of each committee meeting. They will ensure that the agenda of each committee meeting in any configuration will be established in such a way and sufficiently far in advance as to enable Member States' delegations to identify the appropriate representatives for all issues on the agenda of the meeting, and to ensure the presence of appropriate specific expertise taking into account the characteristics of the specific areas involved and covering, as required, in particular:

(i) for the Specific Programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area":

- Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health;
- Information society technologies;
- Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices;
- Aeronautics and space;
- Food quality and safety;
- Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems;
- Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society.

(ii) for the Specific Programme "Structuring the European Research Area":

- Research and innovation;
- Human resources and mobility;
- Research infrastructures;
- Science and society.

In this context, the agenda of a given meeting should not call upon the specific expertise of more than one of the above themes.


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