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CREST report on the application of the open method of coordination in favour of the Barcelona research investment objective - Second cycle

Funded under: FP6-SME


In October 2004, CREST reported on the first application of the open method of coordination in support of the "3%" research investment target set by the Barcelona European Council in 20021 and the associated "3% Action Plan" prepared by the Commission.
Since 2004, in the context of the re-launched Lisbon strategy and recognising the priority accorded to the knowledge triangle within that strategy, the policies of the Community and of the Member States to increase investment in R&D have assumed even greater importance.
Continuing to fulfil its mandate from the Council, as most recently reaffirmed in 2005, and building on the experience of the first cycle, CREST initiated a further application of the open method of coordination to this policy sphere in 2005. This "second cycle" comprised a number of work-modules; each conceived and led by a CREST Member State delegation.
The second cycle has been enhanced by high-level meetings of Directors General for research and innovation in 2004 and 2005, convened at the initiative of the Netherlands and United Kingdom Presidencies, and by a wider conference on the benefits of the OMC process to research and innovation policy making in 2006 organised by the Austrian Presidency and the European Commission.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22360 EN (2006), 11 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-22360-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-02263-6
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