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Information society technologies 2005-2006 - Strategies for leadership

Funded under: FP6-IST


Research is Europe's key to boosting productivity and economic growth. Recognising the importance of research, EU leaders have placed research at the top of the political agenda with the aim of increasing R&D spending as a percentage of GDP.
Research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a major focus for investment by both private and public sector organisations. Half of the productivity gains in our economies are explained by the impact of ICT on products, services and business processes. One third of the total research effort in all major economies centres on ICT. However, this is not the case for Europe in general. Our ICT research effort lags considerably behind that of our main competitors like the United States and Japan. But this does not mean that the race is lost. Despite a lag in investment, Europe has a strong position in ICT supply, which is something on which we can build.
It is critical that Europe maintains a strong presence in the ICT supply sector. The extent to which we master these essential technologies will help determine our economic competitiveness, our response to our societal challenges and hence our quality of life. ICTs are vital to meeting the rise in demand for health and social care and to modernise essential services such as education, learning, security, energy, transport and care of the environment. ICTs also play a key role in managing change in industry and the service sector. They contribute very strongly to advances made in other fields of science and technology as they transform the way researchers conduct their work, cooperate and innovate.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 161 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KK-AB-05-001-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9884-6
Record Number: 200618752 / Last updated on: 2006-09-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en