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FP 6 Timeline

The process of the adoption of the Sixth Framework Programme depends on the progress of the political debate and decision-making processes. The timeline below indicates the major steps of this process.

18 January 2000 Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: "Towards a European research area" - COM (2000)6
21 February 2001 Commission decides on first proposal for Framework Programme
May 2001 Proposals for Council Decisions concerning the specific programmes implementing the Framework Programme 2002-2006 of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities - COM(2001)279
September 2001 Adoption by the Commission of proposals for decisions on the rule for participation and dissemination of results
15 May 2002 The European Parliament approves the Sixth Framework Programme
3 June 2002 Council of Ministers formally adopted the Sixth Framework Programme
12 June 2002 European Parliament approves specific programmes
30 September 2002 The Council adapts specific programmes
30 September 2002 The European Parliament and the Council regulation on rules for participation in the Sixth Framework Programme
4-6 November 2002 IST 2002: Partnerships for the Future - Information Society Technologies conference and exhibition
11-13 November 2002 Conference marking the launch of the Sixth Framework Programme
17 December 2002 First calls for proposals

Source: European Commission