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Corrigendum to Council Decision 2006/971/EC of 19 December 2006 concerning the specific programme
implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research,technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
(Official Journal of the European Union L 400 of 30 December 2006)
Decision 2006/971/EC should read as follows:
COUNCIL DECISIONof 19 December 2006concerning the specific programme
implementing the Seventh Framework Programmeof the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities(2007 to 2013)
(Text with EEA relevance)
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Commu-nity, and in particular Article 166(4) thereof,Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (
),Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic andSocial Committee (
In accordance with Article 166(3) of the Treaty, DecisionNo 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of theCouncil of 18 December 2006 concerning the SeventhFramework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstrationactivities (2007 to 2013) (
) (hereinafter referred to as
theFramework Programme
) is to be implemented throughspecific programmes that define detailed rules for their implementation, fix their duration and provide for themeans deemed necessary.
The Framework Programme is structured in four types of activities: trans-national cooperation on policy-definedthemes (Cooperation), investigator-driven research basedon the initiative of the research community (Ideas), supportof training and career development of researchers (People),and support of research capacities (Capacities). Activitiesunder 
as regards indirect actions should beimplemented by this specific programme.
The rules for the participation of undertakings, researchcentres and universities and for the dissemination of research results, for the Framework Programme (hereinafter referred to as the rules for participation and dissemination)should apply to this specific programme.
The Framework Programme should complement theactivities carried out in the Member States as well as other Community actions that are necessary for the overallstrategic effort for the implementation of the Lisbonobjectives, alongside in particular those on structural funds,agriculture, education, training, culture, competitivenessand innovation, industry, health, consumer protection,employment, energy, transport and environment.
Innovation and SME-related activities supported under thisFramework Programme should be complementary to thoseundertaken under the Framework Programme for Competi-tiveness and Innovation which will contribute to closing thegap between research and innovation, and promote allforms of innovation.
Implementation of the Framework Programme may giverise to supplementary programmes involving the participa-tion of certain Member States only, the participation of theCommunity in programmes undertaken by several Member States, or the setting up of joint undertakings or other arrangements within the meaning of Articles 168, 169 and171 of the Treaty.
This specific programme should provide a contribution tothe European Investment Bank (EIB) for the constitution of a
risk-sharing finance facility 
in order to improve access toEIB loans.L 54/30ENOfficial Journal of the European Union 22.2.2007
) Opinion of 30 November 2006 (not yet published in the OfficialJournal).(
) OJ C 185, 8.8.2006, p. 10.(
) OJ L 412, 30.12.2006, p. 1.
Appropriate involvement of SMEs through concretemeasures and specific actions for their benefit should besupported under this specific programme, in complemen-tarity with other Community programmes.
As provided for under Article 170 of the Treaty, theCommunity has concluded a number of internationalagreements in the field of research and efforts should bemade to strengthen international research cooperation witha view to further integrating the Community into theworld-wide research community. Therefore, this specificprogramme should be open to the participation of countries having concluded agreements to this effect andshould also be open on the project level, and on the basis of mutual benefit, to the participation of entities from thirdcountries and of international organisations for scientificcooperation.
Research activities carried out within this programmeshould respect fundamental ethical principles, includingthose which are reflected in the Charter of FundamentalRights of the European Union.
The implementation of the Framework Programme shouldcontribute towards promoting sustainable development.
Sound financial management of the Framework Pro-gramme and its implementation should be ensured in themost effective and user-friendly manner possible, whileensuring legal certainty and the accessibility of theprogramme for all participants, in compliance with CouncilRegulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budgetof the European Communities (
) and Commission Regula-tion (EC, Euratom) 2342/2002 (
) laying down detailedrules for the implementation of that Financial Regulationand any future amendments.
Appropriate measures
proportionate to the EuropeanCommunities' financial interests
should be taken tomonitor both the effectiveness of the financial supportgranted and the effectiveness of the utilisation of thesefunds in order to prevent irregularities and fraud and thenecessary steps should be taken to recover funds lost,wrongly paid or incorrectly used in accordance withCouncil Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2988/95 of 18December 1995 on the protection of the EuropeanCommunities' financial interests (
), Council Regulation(Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 of 11 November 1996concerning on-the-spot checks and inspections carriedout by the Commission in order to protect the EuropeanCommunities' financial interests against fraud and other irregularities (
) and Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 of theEuropean Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 1999concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) (
Since the measures necessary for the implementation of this Decision are essentially management measures, they should therefore be adopted by the management procedureprovided for in Article 4 of Council Decision 1999/468/ECof 28 June 1999, laying down the procedures for theexercise of implementing powers conferred on theCommission (
). On the other hand, research involvingthe use of human embryos and human embryonic stemcells raises specific ethical issues, as described in Article 4 of this Decision. Moreover, RTD actions involving researchunder the
theme represent a new and very sensitive area, in particular with regard to potential threatsand security incidents. Therefore, measures for the finan-cing of such projects should be adopted by the regulatory procedure provided for in Article 5 of Decision 1999/468/EC.
Each thematic area should have its own budget line in thegeneral budget of the European Communities.
In the implementation of this programme adequateattention needs to be paid to gender mainstreaming, aswell as to,
inter alia
, working conditions, transparency of recruitment processes, and career development as regardsthe researchers recruited on projects and programmesfunded under the actions of this programme, for which theCommission Recommendation of 11 March 2005 on theEuropean Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (
) offers areference framework, while respecting its voluntary nature,
Article 1
The specific programme
for Community activitiesin the area of research and technological development, includingdemonstration activities, hereinafter the
specific programme
, ishereby adopted for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31December 2013.
Article 2
The specific programme shall support the activities focooperation supporting the whole range of research actionscarried out in trans-national cooperation in the followingthematic areas:(a) Health;(b) Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology;(c) Information and communication technologies;22.2.2007ENOfficial Journal of the European Union L 54/31
) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.(
) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1248/2006 (OJ L 227, 19.8.2006,p. 3).(
) OJ L 312, 23.12.1995, p. 1.(
) OJ L 292, 15.11.1996, p. 2.(
) OJ L 136, 31.5.1999, p. 1.(
) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23. Decision as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (OJ L 200, 22.7.2006, p. 11).(
) OJ L 75, 22.3.2005, p. 67.
(d) Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and new Production Technologies;(e) Energy;(f) Environment (including climate change);(g) Transport (including Aeronautics);(h) Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities;(i) Space;(j) Security.Implementation of this specific programme may give rise tosupplementary programmes involving the participation of certain Member States only, the participation of the Community in programmes undertaken by several Member States, or thesetting up of joint undertakings or other arrangements withinthe meaning of Articles 168, 169 and 171 of the Treaty.The objectives and the broad lines of these activities are set out inAnnex I.
Article 3
In accordance with Annex II of the Framework Programme, theamount deemed necessary for the execution of the specificprogramme shall be EUR 32 413 million, of which less than 6 %shall be for the Commission's administrative expenditure. Anindicative breakdown of this amount is given in Annex II.
Article 4
1. All the research activities carried out under the specificprogramme shall be carried out in compliance with fundamentalethical principles.2. The following fields of research shall not be financed under this programme:
research activity aiming at human cloning for reproductivepurposes,
research activity intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable (
research activities intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cellprocurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.3. Research on human stem cells, both adult and embryonic,may be financed, depending both on the contents of thescientific proposal and the legal framework of the Member State(s) involved.Any application for financing for research on human embryonicstem cells shall include, as appropriate, details of licensing andcontrol measures that will be taken by the competent authoritiesof the Member States as well as details of the ethical approval(s)that will be provided.As regards the derivation of human embryonic stem cells,institutions, organisations and researchers shall be subject tostrict licensing and control in accordance with the legalframework of the Member State(s) involved.4. The fields of research set out above shall be reviewed for thesecond phase of this programme (2010 to 2013) in the light of scientific advances.
Article 5
1. The specific programme shall be implemented by means othe funding schemes established in Annex III to the FrameworkProgramme.2. Annex III to this specific programme sets out thearrangements for a grant to the EIB for the establishment of arisk-sharing finance facility.3. Annex IV sets out an indicative list of possible jointtechnology initiatives that could be the subject of separatedecisions and an indicative list of initiatives for the possible jointimplementation of national research programmes that could bethe subject of a separate decision on the basis of Article 169 of the Treaty.4. The rules for participation and dissemination shall apply tothis specific programme.
Article 6
1. The Commission shall draw up a work programme for theimplementation of this specific programme, setting out in greater detail the objectives and scientific and technological priorities setout in Annex I, the funding scheme to be used for the topic onwhich proposals are invited, and the timetable for implementa-tion.2. The work programme shall take account of relevant researchactivities carried out by the Member States, associated countriesand European and international organisations, and the achieve-ment of European added-value as well the impact on industrialcompetitiveness and the relevance for other Community policies.It shall be updated where appropriate.3. Proposals for indirect actions under the funding schemesshall be evaluated and projects shall be selected considering thecriteria set out in Article 15(1a) of the rules for participation anddissemination.L 54/32ENOfficial Journal of the European Union 22.2.2007
) Research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads may be financed.

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