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Providing financial support and a favourable environment for research is central to the European Union's strategy for becoming the world's most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research (DG Research) is responsible for administering much of this activity, mainly through the series of R&D Framework Programmes (FPs) originated in 1984. For the Directorate, 2006 was a pivotal year. It marked the conclusion of obligations under FP6. This was notable as the first FP with the specific objective of creating a European Research Area to build critical mass in sectors with key relevance to competitiveness in the global marketplace. At the same time, preparation for the 2007-2013 FP7 was reaching its final stages. In its Annual Activity Report, DG Research reports a high level of success in meeting both of these objectives. This publication summarises the main events and outcomes. It is illustrated by examples of some outstanding funded projects, which clearly demonstrate the benefits of transnational cooperation in assuring a better future for the EU and its citizens.

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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, 2007. 35 pp. free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-78-07-272-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-06425-8
Record Number: 200719504 / Last updated on: 2007-10-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en