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Article 185 Initiatives


  • A public consultation has been launched on the future of European Metrology Research under Horizon 2020. Read more
  • A successful European public-public partnership - Commission report on the interim evaluation of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). Read more
  • A co-decision procedure has been completed on the BONUS initiative for Baltic sea research. Read more
  • A co-decision procedure has been completed for a joint European Research Programme in the field of Metrology (EMRP), the science of measurement.
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  • The first Decisions setting up Article 185 TFEU (ex Article 169 TEC) initiatives under FP7 were adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 23 June 2008. These are in the fields of Ambient Assisted Living ("AAL") - a joint research programme on the use of new ICT in order to enhance the quality of the lives of elderly people - and "Eurostars" - a joint research programme for research-performing SMEs and their partners. Read more

The terminology on this website is adapted to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU)

Introduction to Article 185 Initiatives

Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [ex Article 169 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC)] enables the EU to participate in research programmes undertaken jointly by several Member States, including participation in the structures created for the execution of national programmes.

The actions supported may cover subjects not directly linked to the ten themes of the FP7 'Cooperation' Specific Programme, in as far as they have a sufficient EU added value. They will also be used to enhance the complementarity and synergy between FP7 and activities carried out under intergovernmental structures such as EUREKA and COST .

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Last updated on: 2012-10-04