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In today's innovation-driven world, learning and the command of knowledge have become the key success factors of international competitiveness. 70% to 80% of economic growth if said to be due to new and better knowledge, while the stock market value of most firms exceeding net fixed assets by a factor of three to four, is largely ascribed to the value of knowledge capita. This puts people at the centre of attention, since knowledge resides primarily in individuals.

This report has been produced in the context of the IPTS Futures Project, the aim of which is to explore the extent and impact on EU-policy of technological, structural, social and political changes in Europe over the next ten years. In the first phase of the project, key drivers of change were explored in a series of expert panel meetings and workshops (Demographic and Social Trends; Information and Communication Technologies, and the Information Society; Life Sciences and the Frontiers of Life; Natural Resources and the Environment; Political and Economic Context).

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Authors: GAVIGAN J, IPTS, Seville (ES);OTTITSCH M, IPTS, Seville (ES);MAHOUM S, IPTS, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19034 EN (1999), 81pp, 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
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