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This communication presents the reflections of the Commission with regards to the role and potential of life science and biotechnology in Europe.

Life sciences and biotechnology have entered a stage of exponential growth, opening up a vast potential to move economies in Europe and globally towards more sustainable development and improved quality of life. They are therefore of strategic importance in Europe's quest to become a leading knowledge-based economy.

It is therefore essential to address all the relevant questions at the appropriate level. In some areas, the Community has a clear responsibility (for example concerning trade and internal market implications as well as handling the implications of life sciences and biotechnology on existing Community policies), in others the responsibility lies overwhelmingly with the Member States (e.g. on setting the ethical principles). The crosscutting nature and importance of life sciences and biotechnology and their implications call for a careful reflection on overall coherence and on the involvement of civil society and stakeholders.

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