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Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-13).


In the 7th Framework Programme for Research, covering the period 2007 to 2013, the EU aims to match its research policy to its ambitions in terms of economic and social policy by consolidating the European Research Area (ERA).


Four main objectives have been identified, which correspond to the four specific programmes around which the European research effort is to be structured: - The Cooperation Programme aims to stimulate cooperation and improve links between industry and research within a transnational framework. The aim is for Europe to gain and consolidate leadership in key research areas, including transport - The Ideas Programme is intended to enhance exploratory research in Europe, i.e. aimed at discovering new knowledge that fundamentally changes our vision of the world and our way of life. - The People Programme will harness significant financial resources that can be used to improve the career prospects of researchers in Europe and attract more high-quality young researchers. - The Capacities Programme is intended to give researchers powerful tools that will enable them to enhance the quality and competitiveness of European research. This means more investment in research infrastructure in the less successful regions, in the creation of regional research-driven clusters and in research for the benefit of small and medium businesses (SME).

Act: Decision No 1982/2006/EC
Date of adoption: 18 December 2006
Entry into Force: 01 January 2007
Date of Expiry: 31 December 2013
Period of Action: 01 January 2007 - 31 December 2013
Offiial Journal: OJ L 412, 30.12.2006, p. 1-43
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