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Since its launch 20 years ago, the intergovernmental EUREKA Initiative has continued to prove highly effective in mobilising Europe's capability to innovate. Set up in 1985, this decentralised Network enables SMEs and large companies, research centres, universities and national administrations to join forces in realising near-market research and development (R&D) through trans-national collaborative projects. The results are seen in a dramatic transformation of key industry sectors - and in hundreds of new products, materials and processes that are adding significantly to the quality of everyday life for us all.
EUREKA marks its 20th anniversary at a time when Europe is facing up to the harsh realities of battling for market share and job opportunities in a globalised economy. The accelerating pace of technological advance, the need to manage enlargement of the European Union (EU) and a constant struggle to outpace the USA and Asia pose severe challenges to the Lisbon Council objective of making Europe the world's leading knowledge-based society. Crucial to success is the innovation that has traditionally sparked Europe's competitiveness, and which continues to be underpinned by a variety of national and European R&D programmes.

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Authors: No author stated, EUREKA Secretariat, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Brussels, EUREKA Secretariat, 2005, 68 pp, free of charge
Availability: The document can be downloaded from the EUREKA Secretariat, URL:
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