Proposal for a Council decision concerning the Specific Programme to be carried out by means of direct actions by the Joint Research Centre under the 7 th Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) (presented by the Commission)
Brussels, 21.9.2005
COM(2005) 439 final

The proposals for five specific programmes follow the Commissions proposal for a 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) adopted on 6 April 2005. A structure was presented in terms of four main specific programmes - Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities - each corresponding to a major objective of European research policy; a further specific programme is for the direct actions of the Joint Research Centre. The Commission will be presenting proposals for the Rules for Participation and Dissemination that apply to the 7th Framework Programme. The policy context and objectives are those set out in the Communication Building the ERA of knowledge for growth.

To meet these objectives and implement in full the specific programmes will require a doubling of the budget as proposed by the Commission. Research, technology, education and innovation are a significant way of creating jobs in a long term and sustainable manner. They are also the key to economic growth, competitiveness,
health, quality of life and the environment. The research Framework Programme, alongside Community programmes in the areas of education and innovation, is aimed to progress towards the knowledge economy and society.

The specific programmes of the 7th Framework Programme are designed to address, in combination with the necessary national and private efforts, major weaknesses in the level, quality and impact of European research. The dissemination and transfer of knowledge is a key added value of European research actions, and measures will be taken to increase the use of results by industry, policymakers and society.