The monitoring of EU Framework Programmes' implementation is an essential component of the overall evaluation and monitoring system. It supports the management of the programmes, provides transparency on programme activities and contributes towards the base of information which is used for major evaluations of the Framework Programmes.
Over the years there has been progressive updating of the way in which monitoring is carried out. Up until the start of the Seventh Framework programme (FP7) there was an annual monitoring exercise involving a panel, or panels, of external experts which would examine some of the key issues relating to programme implementation.
The archive of annual monitoring reports from the period before FP7 is available on this site: Monitoring Reports before FP7.
Under FP7 the whole system for FP evaluation and monitoring has been changed radically. In line with commitments made in the FP7 ex ante Impact Assessment, the monitoring system was changed in favour of an internal Commission-run exercise, the primary aim of which was to provide a reliable source of systematically collected information to support FP management.
The details of the new monitoring system were developed after extensive discussion and coordination between relevant Commission services involved with FP management and evaluation.
The key features of the new monitoring system are as follows: