Brussels, 24 May 2005
Subject: Proposal for decisions concerning the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and
Technological development (2007-2013) ­ Building the Europe of Knowledge
- Orientation debate at the Council ("Competitiveness") on 7 June 2005
Following the presentation and first exchange of views at the Council ("Competitiveness") of 18 April 2005, the Council preparatory bodies have undertaken a more detailed examination of the Commission proposal for the (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)1, focussing on the sections on collaborative research ("Cooperation") and human resources ("People").
The Presidency has set out to respect as far as possible the indicative timetable to enable the decisions, in codecision with the European Parliament, to be taken by mid 2006. It acknowledges, however, that a number of issues, notably those related to an agreement on the long term financial perspectives, could have repercussions on the timetable for examining the proposal. In addition, it should be emphasised that, at this stage, several delegations' views are of a preliminary nature, pending the completion of their internal consultations.
1 Doc. 8087/05 RECH 80 ATO 45 COMPET 68 CODEC 266.
It is further recalled that the FP7 proposals are to be considered in parallel with the proposal concerning the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and that the more detailed modalities for the implementation of FP7 will be set out in the Decisions on the Specific Programmes and Rules for Participation for which Commission proposals are expected in
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