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How does it work?

Joint Programming is a new process combining a strategic framework, a bottom-up approach and high-level commitment from Member States. It builds on the experience gained from existing schemes coordinating national programmes.

Suitable Joint Programming areas are identified by a High Level Group on Joint Programming (GPC from the French "Groupe de Programmation Conjointe") consisting of nominees from Member States and the Commission, following a thorough consultation of stakeholders.

Based on the result of the GPC, the Council, upon a proposal by the Commission, recommends a limited number of areas in which to implement Joint Programming in priority.

From there on, participation of Member States in each initiative is "à la carte", based on voluntary commitments leading to partnerships composed of variable groups of countries. For each initiative, participating countries will start with:

  • Developing a shared vision for the area;
  • Defining a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound); and
  • Preparing for implementation of the SRA by analysing the options, assessing expected impacts and defining the best mix of instruments to be used.

The Commission facilitates the Joint Programming process and, if they so wish, support Member States for Joint Programming by:

  • Financing support actions to their management
  • Launching possible complementary measures to actions undertaken jointly by participating countries as identified in each JPI Strategic Research Agenda
  • Linking the JPIs to international actions and bodies where the Commission represents the EU
  • Reporting on the JPI progress to the Council and informing the European Parliament.


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