For multi-partner projects under Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, the conclusion of a Consortium Agreement is generally mandatory. This agreement regulates the rights and obligations of the project partners among themselves. The content is not controlled by the EU Commission. It is not a contracting party. The provisions of the Grant Agreement remain unaffected by the provisions of the Consortium Agreement.
The Consortium Agreement may regulate the following aspects:
intellectual property rules (including the background that each partner brings to the project; granting of access and/or use rights; transfer of rights)
obligations to participate in project meetings
dealing with defaulting partners - appointment of scientific/technical/administrative responsible persons
tasks and duties of a steering committee and/or advisory board
decision-making processes including coordination modalities, forms of communication