concerning the fifth framework programme of the European Community
for research,technological development and demonstration activities (1998 to 2002)
I. THEMES AND ORGANISATION
3. THIRD ACTIVITY
RULES FOR FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION BY THE COMMUNITY
The Community will contribute financially to the research and technological development activities, including demonstration activities, hereinafter referred to as indirect RTD actions, carried out under the specific programmes implementing the framework programme. In addition, it will carry out directly research and development activities in the areas covered by the framework programme, hereinafter referred to as direct TRD actions.
1. Indirect RTD actions
The indirect RTD actions will comprise: shared-cost actions, which will be the principal mechanism for implementing the specific programmes, as well as training fellowships, support for networks, concerted actions and accompanying measures.
(a) Shared-cost actions
(b) Training fellowships
Training fellowships are defined in the context of the fourth activity (Marie Curie fellowships). Fellowships awarded under the first, second or fourth activities will provide an allowance for the fellow which will include provision for proper social welfare expenses and a contribution to costs involved in mobility. There will also be a contribution to the eligible costs of the host institution when it is in the Community.
(c) Support for research training networks and thematic networks
research training networks in the context of the fourth activity. Support will be granted towards the additional eligible costs connected with setting up and maintaining the network,
thematic networks: networks bringing together, for instance, manufacturers, users, universities, research centres, organisations and research infrastructures around a given scientific and technological objective, so as to facilitate coordination of activities and transfer of knowledge. Support will be granted towards the additional eligible costs of coordinating and implementing the network.
(d) Concerted actions
Concerted actions will be designed to coordinate RTD projects already in receipt of funding, in order to exchange experience acquired, to expand the research efforts of the various players so as to reach a critical mass, to disseminate results and to inform users.
(e) Accompanying measures
Accompanying measures will contribute to the implementation of the specific programmes or the preparation of future activities, with a view to enabling them to achieve their strategic objectives. They will also seek to prepare for or to support other indirect RTD actions. Measures devoted to the commercialisation of products, processes or services, marketing activities and sales promotion are excluded.
The decisions adopting the specific programmes may spell out in more detail the indirect RTD actions described above, supplement them or subject them to additional conditions or limitations.
The rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in indirect RTD actions and for the dissemination of results will be specified in the Council Decision to be adopted pursuant to Article 130j of the Treaty. Eligible costs will be defined in that Decision and specified in detail in particular in the contracts.
In addition to the direct RTD actions described below, the JRC will progressively compete for funds for the indirect RTD actions of the framework programme.
2. Direct RTD actions
The direct RTD actions to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) will cover research and scientific and technical support activities of an institutional character. The JRC may provide support where it has special or even unique expertise and facilities in the Community or where it is entrusted with activities necessary for the framing and implementation of Community policies and tasks incumbent on the Commission pursuant to the Treaty which require the JRCs impartiality. The JRC will carry out its activities in close cooperation with the scientific community and enterprises in Europe.
3. Rates of participation
In the decisions adopting the specific programmes implementing the fifth framework programme there can be no derogations from the financial participation rates set out below, with the exception of duly justified special cases.
4. Joint undertakings etc.
Any Council Decisions taken pursuant to Article 130o, as referred to in Article 3(2) of this Decision, will lay down, where necessary, rules on financial participation by the Community.
Statement by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission re Article 2(1)(b)
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission interpret the Article 2(1)(b) condition that the financial perspective indicates the share of expenditure available for research, as meaning that a range would be indicated for the research share.
Statement by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission re Article 2(1)(c)
In the case referred to in Article 2(1)(c), second indent, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission undertake to take the necessary steps within their respective competencies to allow for a speedy adoption of the decision fixing the amounts for the specific programmes in consequence of the decision of the European Parliament and the Council
Statement by the Commission re Article 3(1)
The Commission states that it will continue to apply all the relevant interinstitutional arrangements, including transmission to the European Parliament of draft measures and notably in the case of research the drafts of work programmes and any updating thereof as well as transmission to the European Parliament of the agendas of committee meetings and the result of votes.
Statement by the Commission re Article 5(1)
The Commission states that the annual monitoring reports will be promptly made available, in accordance with current practice, to the relevant programme committees and to the European Parliaments Committee on research, technological development and energy.
Statement by the Commission re Article 5(2)
The Commission comments will state whether and how the recommendations of the experts are being implemented.
Statement by the Commission re Article 5(3)
The Commission states that experts from the Commission including the JRC shall perform only an advisory role in this assessment process.
Statement by the Commission re Article 5(4)
Regular information on programme implementation will be ensured on the one hand via the programme committees and on the other hand via the European Parliament Committee on research, technological development and energy.
Statement by the Commission re Article 5(4)
The Commission states that, when informing the European Parliament and the Council of the overall progress of the implementation of the Framework Programme and the specific programmes, notably in the annual report established in compliance with Article 130P of the Treaty, it will especially address all relevant aspects of SME participation in the programmes as well as their achievements.
Statement by the Commission re Annex II(I)(3) the Joint Research Centre
The Commission confirms that the European Parliament may request the Commission to perform research activities to be entrusted to the JRC, within the scope of its scientific and technological priorities.
Statement by the Commission re Annex II(I)(3)
If requested by Parliament, the Commission will give favourable consideration to carrying out research into the legal, financial and practical aspects of extending the RTD activities of the EC Treaty to processing methods and technologies for chemical and bacteriological substances.