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Article 185 in Horizon 2020

The Commission Communication "Partnering in Research and Innovation" which was adopted on 21st September 2011 recalls that the commitment of the participating countries to the three levels of integration (scientific, management and financial) are the essential pre-conditions for future proposals for an Art. 185 initiative under Horizon 2020, also for Joint Programming Initiatives. This has been recognized and reconfirmed by Council in its "Conclusions on Partnering in Research and Innovation" on 6th December 2011.

Article 185 (ex-Art. 169) remains equal in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), nevertheless there are some changes for Horizon 2020 compared to the 7th Framework Programme for Art. 185:

  1. In the Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), adopted on 30th November 2011, Article 20 spells out the needed three integration levels for using the instrument of Art. 185 . Under the 7th Framework Programme this was not explicit.

  2. In the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and Council laying down the rules for the participation and dissemination in Horizon 2020, ), adopted on 30th November 2011, Article 1 states that the Rules for Participation of the FP will apply to Art. 185 initiatives (with the possibility for justified derogations). Since the start of Art. 185 initiatives under the 6th Framework Programme and under the 7th Framework Programme, Art. 185 was exempt from the Rules for Participation.

Subsequently any new proposal for an Art. 185 initiative, apart from the existing criteria (in the Horizon 2020 proposal they are listed in Art.20) will have to take into account these two additional requirements.


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