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The members of the consortium shall appoint one of their partners to act as coordinator. All partners including the coordinator form the consortium. The partners accede to the Grant Agreement by filling out and signing the accession form. All documents are sent to the coordinator. The Grant Agreement enters into force with the signature of the coordinator and the project officer. Project start can be the day of the signature or any other day. The Grant Agreement is agreed by the European Commission under the condition of the partner’s accession. Thus, the coordinator has to file in all signatures as soon as possible.
All partners are in charge of their part of work of the project. In an indirect action they shall conclude an Consortium Agreement to govern all intern matters.
The Grant Agreement takes priority over all other agreements concluded by the consortium. Those shall not be in conflict to the Grant Agreement. Moreover, any conflict can be considered as invalid by the European Commission.
Changes in the consortium
The participants in an indirect action may agree to add a new participant or to remove an existing participant in accordance with the respective provisions in the consortium agreement.
Any legal entity which joins an ongoing action shall accede to the Grant Agreement.
In specific cases, where provided for in the grant agreement, the consortium shall publish a competitive call and advertise it widely using specific information support, particularly Internet sites on the seventh framework programme, the specialist press and brochures, and the national contact points set up by the Member States and Associated countries for information and support.
The consortium shall evaluate offers in the light of the criteria which governed the initial action and with the assistance of independent experts appointed by the consortium.
The consortium shall notify any proposed change of its composition to the Commission, which may object within 45 days of the notification. Changes in the composition of the consortium associated with proposals for other changes to the Grant Agreement which are not directly related to the change in composition shall be subject to written approval by the Commission.