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Brussels, 17 October 2001
Modification in the budget breakdown for the Research Framework Programme (2002-2006) as proposed by the European Commission. Amended proposal for the budget for the heading "Anticipating the EU's scientific and technological needs"
An amended proposal has been presented for a council decision concerning the Research Framework Programme 2002-2006. More specifically, a modified proposal was made for the specific programme "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area". In this amended proposal the initial budget for the flexible part of this programme, namely "Anticipating the EU's scientific and technological needs" has been changed: the original budget was € 2 345 billion (including € 715 million for the Joint Research Centre). In the modified proposal the amount for the Joint Research Centre has been shifted to another programme. Moreover, € 450 million were allocated to specific activities for SMEs and another € 300 million to international cooperation activities, which left € 880 million unallocated. This amount has now been divided up into two equal portions of € 440 million. One half will be reserved for research activities to be identified during the course of implementation of the specific programme in order to equip the Commission with a means to anticipate and respond quickly to emerging needs and new scientific and technological developments. The other half has been allocated to the areas set out in the table below ("initial priorities").
Keeping the present amended proposal in mind, these are the figures for the budget allocations for the entire specific programme "Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area", including the figures for the heading "Anticipating the EU's scientific and technological needs":