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20 Nov 2015

FP7 ex‐post‐evaluation report presented

On 19 November 2015, the the chair of the High Level Expert Group presented the ex‐post‐evaluation report to Commissioner Moedas in Brussels. The High Level Expert Group had looked at the achievements and impacts of the actions financed by FP7 between 2007 and 2013. While the central focus of the report is on evaluating FP7, it also contains recommendations that were integrated into the current Horizon 2020 programme and will serve as a bridge to the mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020 which is due by the end of 2017.

Regarding impacts, the Expert Group concludes that for each euro spent by the EC on FP 7, the framework programme generated approximately 11 euro of estimated direct and indirect economic effects through innovations, new technologies and products. In total, the indirect economic effects of FP7 can be estimated at approximately 500 billion euro over a period of 25 years, giving an additional annual European GDP of 20 billion euro. When translating these economic impacts into effects on employment, FP7 directly created 1.3 million person‐years within the projects funded (over a period of ten years) and indirectly 4 million person‐years over a period of 25 years. There is also evidence of positive impacts in terms of micro‐economic effects, with participating enterprises reporting innovative product developments, increased turnover, improved productivity and competitiveness.

A weakness has been identified concerning the overall evaluation and monitoring of the Framework programmes. The report states that there has been “hardly any consolidation, validation, comparison or synthesis of information provided by the more than 120 independent evaluations of FP7 themes and areas.” It recommends to implement a strategic system of monitoring and evaluation of the current and future framework programmes.

The High Level Expert Group was chaired by Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centres. Rapporteur of the group was André Martinuzzi, Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The Commission will formally communicate the conclusions of this report, accompanied by the Commission's observations, to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions, in the form of a dedicated Communication foreseen for January 2016.

Read the full report

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