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Norway becomes full member of FP7 and CIP

On 15 June 2007, Norway became a full member of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (FP7), and the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

Norway's participation in FP7 will take effect retrospectively from the programme's start date of 1 January 2007.

In April 2007, the Norwegian Pariment voted unanimously for the inclusion of FP7 in the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA Joint Committee has now accepted Norway's participation and will expand EEA cooperation to include the FP7 programme ("Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities 2007-2013. )(pdf)

Participation in the framework programme is based on Article 1(5) of Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms.

New framework programme for competitiveness and innovation
The EEA committee further resolved to expand EEA cooperation to include Norway's participation in the EU's new Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) in the period 2007 - 2013. (Decision No 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) ). (pdf)


This decision came into force on 30 June, but takes effect retrospectively from the programme's formal start date of 1 January 2007. Participation will be founded on Paragraph 5 of Article 7 of Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement.

The decisions will also be published in the "Official Journal of the European Union".

Written by:
Leiv-rune Gully. Translation: Lindsay Wærø
Published:
 03.07.2007
Last updated:
04.07.2007