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The study mapped the key national actors involved in SD and identified and assessed the national research programmes in support of SD in selected thematic areas in seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. It focused on two different types of programmes. Firstly, it looked at those national programmes specifically defined as targeted towards sustainable development. Secondly, it examined programmes that focused on three of the key threats to SD identified at the Gothenburg Council: threats to public health, loss of bio-diversity and transport congestion. Addressing both of these categories of programmes allowed an insight into the role of research activities in supporting national and EU SD strategies.

This report is published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES). The full text is available online at:

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Authors: WHITELEGG K, ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH, Seibersdorf (AT);WEBER M, ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH, Seibersdorf (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20389 EN (2002), pp.65. 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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