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This action plan sets out initiatives required to give Europe a stronger public research base and to make it much more attractive to private investment in research and innovation. Increasing the levels of research investment will contribute to long term innovation, growth and employment potential. The aim is to reach the objective set by the March 2002 Barcelona European Council, to increase the average research investment level from 1.9% of GDP today to 3% of GDP by 2010, of which 2/3 should be funded by the private sector.

One proposal is to create a number of "European technology platforms", which will bring together the main stakeholders - research organisations, industry, regulators, user groups - around key technologies. Other actions will focus on improving public support to research and technological innovation, increasing the levels of public funding for research, and improving the environment of research and technological innovation in Europe.

The English version includes an annex comprising a Commission staff working paper that complements and supports the action plan. This annex is not present in the German and French versions.

The action plan was first published, in 11 languages, as a Communication from the Commission, COM(2003) 226 final. All these linguistic versions, together with the Commission staff working paper and the reports of five independent expert groups, are available in the CORDIS Document Library.

Additional information

Authors: No editor stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2003. Free of charge EUR 20804 DE; ISBN: 92-894-5908-5; 24pp. EUR 20804 EN; ISBN: 92-894-5909-3; 76pp. EUR 20804 FR; ISBN: 92-894-5910-1; 24pp.
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