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Abstract

An important debate is taking place in Europe today on the subject of basic research, the issues involved and the best way of dealing with them at a European level.
The debate is taking place against the background of the emerging knowledge-based economy and society; within the framework of the project to create a European Research Area, which has hitherto not explicitly taken account of the issue of basic research; and together with the target set by the EU of increasing its overall research effort to 3% of GDP by 2010.
By presenting this Communication on basic research, the Commission wishes both to contribute to this debate and to help launch discussion at the political level. The Commission is responding in particular to the request made to it during the Competitiveness Council on 22 September 2003 to present its views on this subject.
In this context, the objectives of this Communication are three-fold:
- To make a broad analysis of the basic research situation in Europe and at a European level, through highlighting the related issues, as well as the European strengths and weaknesses in this field;
- To prompt thinking and discussion by clarifying matters and providing details and further information about various points raised during the debate;
- To put forward suggestions for avenues which should be explored to strengthen European performance in the field of basic research and to give it the resources to play the full part it must within the European Research Area.

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Record Number: 3441 / Last updated on: 2005-01-24
Category: MISC