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EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS

ECA/13/14

Luxembourg, 30 May 2013 2013

INVITATION - PRESS BRIEFING
Has the Commission ensured efficient implementation of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research?

The Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) is one of the EU’s key instruments for funding research. It aims to strengthen industrial competitiveness and to meet the research needs of other EU policies. It covers the period 2007-2013 and its total budget amounts to more than € 50 billion. The vast majority of the budget is spent by the Commission or its executive agencies in the form of grants.

This special report assessed whether the Commission has ensured efficient implementation of FP7. The audit covered the rules for participation, the Commission’s processes and the setting-up of two new instruments, and its results are likely to be useful not only for the remaining period of FP7, but also for the operational setup of the next research Framework Programme - Horizon 2020.

The main conclusions and recommendations of the report will be presented to the press by Mr Ladislav Balko (SK), Member of the Court.


DATE AND TIME
Friday, 07 June 2013 at 10:30

VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE - International Press Centre
MAALBEEK ROOM
155, rue de la Loi,
1040 Brussels – Belgium

A PRESS KIT, consisting of the Special Report and a press release, will be made available for the press briefing. The Special Report will be published on the Court's website, www.eca.europa.eu, in 22 official languages.

INTERPRETATION will be available in French and English.


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