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Abstract

Drawing on its close contacts with the international R&D community, in particular through its ESTO network, and with European Union policymakers, the Institute for prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) carries out prospective techno-economic research with the specific aim of analysing developments in Science and Technology that are of importance for EU policies. The emphasis on the links in both directions between technology and the economic environment, and the insight of the policymaker's perspective are characteristic of IPTS' approach.

The annual Techno-economic Analysis Report is one of the ways in which IPTS communicates the result of its work, and complements the "IPTS Report" journal, studies and project reports, such as the "Futures" Report Series. This annual Techno- economic Analysis Report is a selective presentation of recent data and events, attempting to answer the question: "What are the most significant projected impacts for EU policy-making one can identify when taking stock of the scientific and technological developments the year has brought?" The emphasis is therefore not descriptive but analytical. The report tries to take a step back, on a yearly basis, to see the bigger picture over the period that has elapsed, to take stock of what is at stake and of the implications that can be drawn. It is for the reader to judge to what extent this rather ambitious objective will have been met.

This edition of the Techno-economic Analysis Report, titled 1999-2000, covers up to and including the early part of the year 2000. This period saw the start of a renewed effort by the European Union to bring to the forefront of the political agenda the crucial importance of an EU-wide, co-ordinated approach to investment in R&D. The European Research Area initiative, launched in January 2000 by Commissioner Philippe Busquin, has quickly focused the debate and is expected to lead to a general overhaul of the EU's RTD policy approach.

Additional information

Authors: LIEVONEN J, VTT Kokkohongantie, (FI);CARLOS CISCAR J, IPTS, Sevelle (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19626 EN (2000), 156pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220 E-mail:rtd-info@ec.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: N/A Ref: EUR 1962
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