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The FAST programme launched within the frame of its work programme 1989-1990 a series of studies concerning the role of science and technology in strengthening social and economic cohesion in the Community. The principal hypothesis of these studies is that the existing diversity of modes of usage and diffusion of new knowledge and new technologies constitutes a comparative advantage for the Community. Diversity is a fertile soil for innovation, increased competitiveness and scientific and technological excellence if it is mobilised and valorised through cooperation and exchange and it is thus an important means for strengthening social and economic cohesion and for decreasing the disparities between regions. This paper is drawn from the concerns in relation to the strengthening of economic and social cohesion within the Community. It focuses on RTD within the Community and states how geographical diversity of science and technology activities and the in-built diversity of this research affects progress. A number of policy recommendations for future RTD are also proposed.

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Authors: HINGEL A J, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1992) 25 pp.
Availability: Available from the FAST Programme Office, CEC, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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