February 23, 2016
FP7 ex-post evaluation PEOPLE Specific Programme (2007-2013): Rationale, implementation and achievements
The human resource dimension, a key aspect of the European Research Area (ERA),was endorsed by the March 2000 European Council and ERA is anchored in the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon. Article 179 of the Treaty foresees a single market in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology will circulate freely. The broader ERA aim is to achieve a unified research area open to the world, based on the internal market through which the Union and its Member States strengthen their scientific and technological bases, their competitiveness and their capacity to collectively address grand challenges. In that respect the PEOPLE Specific Programme, through Marie Curie Actions (MCAs) as a flagship programme for researchers’ training and comprising the human resource dimension of ERA, is embedded in the European Union’s legal basis.