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At the Lisbon summit in March 2000, European Union leaders set out a new strategy, based on a consensus among Member States, to modernize Europe. This became known as the “ Lisbon Strategy ". An important element of the strategy was the creation of a European Research Area ( ERA ). Read more about the ERA …

EUREKA has a crucial role to play in the process of restructuring the European research landscape, leading to the creation of the ERA. The European Union has been a member of EUREKA since the start of the initiative in 1985.

Created as an intergovernmental initiative, EUREKA's mission is to increase the competitiveness of European industry by supporting close to the market industrial R&D.; In doing so, it is actively working towards the common European objective of raising investment in R&D; to 3% of GDP by 2010. Clearly EUREKA and programmes and measures initiated at EU level in this area are complementary.

Both in the context of the EU and EUREKA, Member States have called for a strengthened EU-EUREKA-cooperation. This has resulted in close cooperation on the Article 185 initiative " Eurostars " and two Joint Technology Initiatives: ARTEMIS and ENIAC .
Read more about these joint activities...

Last updated on: 2010-09-16