Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The concept of critical technologies, generic technologies underlying competitiveness in many areas of the economy, is of increasing interest to policy-makers across the EU. Two recent reports published by the European Commission provide insights into approaches to critical technologies in Europe and Japan. The first report presents a broad comparative analysis of the European Union's technological position overall, and in thirteen critical technologies. The study used patents and indicators of the technological activity of the EU and its competitors, and includes comparisons of the EU position with Japan, and with the US and Canada combined. The second report considers the nature of the Japanese system, which is particularly strong in critical technologies, and where the private sector accounts for over 80 % of total national R&D spending.

Additional information

Authors: ECOTEC, ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd., Birmingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Euro abstracts, Vol. 32 (1994) No. 12, pp. 767-771
Record Number: 199510418 / Last updated on: 1995-03-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en