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The public debate launched by the Green Paper has largely confirmed the basic principles of the Commission�s diagnosis of the reason for the innovation deficit plaguing the European Union. There is widespread agreement on the need for a global approach to the problem, incorporating technological aspects, training, venture capital development and the legal and administrative environment. The debate has also drawn attention to the importance of the international dimension and highlighted the diversity of national, regional and sectoral situations. At the Florence Summit, the European Council has clearly indicated that �the fight for employment must remain the main priority for the Union and its Member States� and within the framework of a strategy to achieve that objective �has requested the Commission to establish a plan of action for the measures to be undertaken in the field of innovation�.
The Action Plan for Innovation identifies three areas for action: 1) to foster an innovation culture; 2) to establish a framework conductive to innovation; 3) to better articulate research and innovation.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission DG XIII - Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1997, 52 pp., free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: CD-02-96-488-EN-C Available from Office for Official Publications of the European Communities 2, rue Mercier L-2985 Luxembourg Tel: +352-29291 Email:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-827-9332-X
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