EIC and IRC will be encouraged to organise in consortia. 350 million EUROS are budgeted for this call, as part of the CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme). To view the related Commission document, please [click here->http://www.cecop.coop/IMG/pdf/1-Joint_call-background_note-stakeholders__2_2-2.pdf]. Kindly send us your opinions on this document as well as on EIC and IRC, including the opinions of your regional organisations, so that we can provide some feedback to the Commission while the call for proposal is being prepared, not later than 19 June. Indicative list of events during the Finnish presidency (July - December 2006): The SME Envoy distributed this indicative list ([click here->http://cecop.coop/IMG/doc/AOB-FI_presidency-table.doc]), and emphasised that the topic of innovation would be high on the agenda of the Finnish presidency.