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Five-year assessment: 1999-2003, research and technology development in information society technologies

Funded under: FP6-IST


A Five-Year Assessment (1999-2003) of European Information Society Technologies (IST) research and technological development was carried out by an independent Panel of experts, chaired by Professor J.M. Gago, in the period January � October 2004. The Panel�s main observations and conclusions are as follows.
It is vital for Europe to have an RTD Programme in Information Society Technologies at EU level. There is a strong need to reinforce collaboration across borders within the EU, as well as between industrial, governmental and academic institutions. Europe should continue to invest in IST research at a level that can ensure continued leadership and a �critical mass� of effort in key areas. An increase of the present level of IST RTD funding in Europe is required.
The Panel favours the existence of a separate Programme for IST-RTD in FP7. Given the specific nature of IST related RTD, and strong links with Information Society Policies, the Panel stresses the importance of the implementation of IST-RTD programmes by a separate entity, i.e. DG Information Society, which has the mandate and the competence to implement Information Society Policies together with Information Society RTD Programmes.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, 76 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8410-1
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