Brussels, 26 Sep 2006
22.9.2006 Type of Procedure: Consultation procedure
REPORT on the proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down the rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in actions under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community and for the dissemination of research results (2007-2011)
Your rapporteur is aware of the need to produce a text identical to the main regulation as regards the operation of general procedures and in the main shares the opinion of the rapporteur on the rules for participation in the conventional FP7, including the crucial importance of this programme and the need for simplification and greater flexibility in a binding framework to enable it to be implemented effectively and transparently. Your rapporteur also regrets the paucity of the budget allocated (though without wishing to gloss over the lack of investment in national research on the part of the private sector and governments). Finally, she agrees that unless these challenges and problems are tackled, there is every chance that the authors of innovatory projects will look elsewhere for funding.. It would therefore seem consistent for your rapporteur to take on most of the amendments tabled by the rapporteur on the rules for participation in the conventional FP7. Apart from a few amendments which your rapporteur wished to table to the main body of FP7, essentially concerning the appointment of experts, confidentiality, ownership and transfer of knowledge, a number of specific amendments (FP7 Euratom) have also been tabled.