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Research is key to meeting a broad range of challenges and opportunities that our society faces today in the era of increasing globalisation. Investment in knowledge is a priority to address issues related to economic growth, employment and sustainable development.
The 2005 industrial R&D scoreboard indicates that private investment in R&D in the EU is too low: the top 700 companies outside the EU increase their R&D investment by a much higher percentage than their EU counterparts (about 7% and 0.7% respectively).
EU governments and their leaders have committed themselves to stimulating an increase in investment in research and innovation. Not only should the scale and impact of investment in research be increased for Europe to strengthen its position as a technologically innovative economy, but it is recognized that there is significant added value in coordinating activities at the European, national and regional levels. In bringing together a wide range of public and private stakeholders, European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are set to play a key role in this respect.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 108 pp. free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-73-05-429-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01019-0
Record Number: 200719322 / Last updated on: 2007-07-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en