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One of the main political undertakings of the EU in the next ten years and beyond is the Enlargement of the Union. The aim of the IPTS "Enlargement Futures" Project has been to examine the main contemporary technological, economic, political and social drivers in the candidate countries and their possible impact on technology/science, competitiveness and employment in the enlarged Union with a time horizon of ten years. It has also looked into the consequences for policymakers - in the candidate countries, in the Member States and in the European Union - of responding to the challenges, problems and opportunities posed by enlargement. This Synthesis Report summarises the main findings of this project and highlights the issues, which run across the work of all the Panels of experts that participated in this Project. The synthesis report identifies six challenges: "Specialising in a new economic setting (EU28)", "The regional disparities issue", "The developments in employment, skills and education", "The changing S&T base", "The social challenges", "The challenges for a sustainable development of the EU".

This report can be downloaded from the IPTS website at:

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Authors: FAHRENKROG G ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20115 EN (2001), pp.36. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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