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Beneficiaries are all legal entities benefiting from the grant. They endeavour to collaborate within a consortium to achieve the goals of the project. They sign an accession form with the coordinator. They do not normally communicate directly with the Commission - this role is reserved for the coordinator.

Article II.3 of the grant agreement defines the specific performance obligations of beneficiaries:

Each beneficiary shall:

a) carry out the work to be performed, as identified in Annex I. However, where it is necessary 
    for the implementation of the project it may call upon third parties to carry out certain elements,
    according to the conditions established in Article II.7 or any special clause in Article 7. The
    beneficiary may use resources that are made available by third parties in order to carry out its
    part of the work;

b) ensure that any agreement or contract related to the project, entered into between the
    beneficiary and any third party contain provisions that this third party, including the auditor
    providing the certificate on the financial statements or on the methodology, shall have no
    rights vis-à-vis the Commission under this grant agreement;

c) ensure that the rights of the Commission and the Court of Auditors to carry out audits are
    extended to the right to carry out any such audit or control on any third party whose costs
    are reimbursed in full or in part by the Community financial contribution, on the same terms
    and conditions as those indicated in this grant agreement; FP7 Grant Agreement - Annex II -
    General Conditions5

d) ensure that the conditions applicable to it under Articles II.4.4, II.10, II.11, II.12, II.13, II.14 and
    II.22 are also applicable to any third party whose costs are claimed under the project according
    to the provisions of this grant agreement;

e) ensure that the tasks assigned to it are correctly and timely performed;

f) inform the other beneficiaries and the Commission through the coordinator in due time of:

    • the names of the person(s) who shall manage and monitor its work, and its contact details as
      well as any changes to that information;
    • any event which might affect the implementation of the project and the rights of the Community;
    • any change in its legal name, address and of its legal representatives, and any change with 
      regard to its legal, financial, organisational or technical situation including change of control and, 
      in particular, any change of status as regards non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher
      education establishments, research organisations and SMEs;
    • any circumstance affecting the conditions of participation referred to in the Rules for Participation1,
      the Financial Regulation2 and its Implementing Rules3 or of any requirements of the grant
      agreement, especially if and when any eligibility criteria cease(s) to be met during the duration of 
      the project.

g) provide the Commission including the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Court of Auditors
    directly with all information requested in the framework of controls and audits;

h) take part in meetings concerning the supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the project which 
    are relevant to it;

i)  take all necessary steps to avoid commitments that are incompatible with the obligations provided
    for in this grant agreement and inform the other beneficiaries and the Commission of any unavoidable
    obligations which may arise during the duration of the grant agreement which may have implications for
    any of its obligations under the grant agreement;

j)  ensure that it complies with the provisions of the state aid framework; have regard to the general
    principles of the Commission Recommendation of 11 March 2005 on the European Charter for 
    Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, in particular concerning 
    the working conditions, transparency of recruitment processes, and career development of the 
    researchers recruited for the project;

n) take every necessary precaution to avoid any risk of conflict of interest relating to economic interests, 
    political or national affinities, family or emotional ties or any other interests liable to influence the 
    impartial and objective performance of the project

k) carry out the project in accordance with fundamental ethical principles;

l)  endeavour to promote equal opportunities between men and women in the implementation of the 
    project;

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