The 6th Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Technological Development, which was in force from 2002 to 2006, has now been superseded by the 7th FP, for the period 2007 to 2013. As its name implies, the 6th FP was the overall framework for the EU's activities in the field of science, research and innovation in the 2002-06 period. Its principal objective was to contribute to the creation of a genuine European Research Area (ERA) by fostering more integration and coordination in Europe's previously fragmented research sector.
In the 6th EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6 2002-2006), Directorate-General Energy & Transport is involved in 4 thematic programmes dealing with energy and transport and manages in total 857 M€ over 4 years. The 4 thematic programmes are: