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The European strategy for nanotechnology and the nanotechnology Action Plan

On the 12th May 2004, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology” COM(2004) 338. It seeks to bring the discussion on nanoscience and nanotechnology to an institutional level and proposes an integrated and responsible strategy for Europe.

On the 7th June 2005, the European Commission adopted the Action Plan "Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009" (COM(2005) 243). This Action Plan defines a series of articulated and interconnected actions for the immediate implementation of a safe, integrated and responsible strategy for nanosciences and nanotechnologies, based on the priority areas identified in the above-mentioned Communication.

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Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009. First Implementation Report 2005-2007
On 6 September 2007, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: an action plan for Europe 2005-2009.
First Implementation Report 2005-2007". This reports progress in virtually all areas of the Action Plan.

Documents related to the action plan:

Elements of the nanotechnology Action Plan

  1. Research, development and innovation: European needs knowledge
    For more information see EU funding and Information about projects
  2. Infrastructures and European Poles of Excellence
    For more information see Financing and Innovation
  3. Interdisciplinary human resources: Europe needs creativity
    For more information, see Education and Mobility
  4. Industrial Innovation: From knowledge to the market
    For more information, see Financing and Innovation
  5. Integrating the societal dimension: Adressing expectations and concerns
    For more information, see Communication and Debate
  6. Public health, safety, environmental and consumer protection
    For more information, see Safety Aspects
  7. International cooperation
    For more information, see International Co-operation

Political response

The Council of the European Union discussed the European strategy for nanotechnology in its session on 24th September 2004 in a public debate. It endorsed the integrated and responsible strategy proposed in the Communication.

The Single Market, Production and Consumption section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a positive opinion on the Commission's strategy on nanotechnology and a positive opinion on the action plan on nanotechnology:

On 28 September 2006, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the action plan on nanotechnology. This resolution is based on the report drafted by MEP Miloslav Ransdorf of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), dated 20 June 2006

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