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On the initiative of Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training, and Mr. Martin Bangemann, Commissioner responsible for industrial affairs, telecommunications and information technology, the European Commission has adopted, on 20 December 1995, a "Green Paper on Innovation" in which it sets out proposals for a number of priority actions. Among the obstacles to innovation identified in the Commission's Green Paper are:

- The relatively low number of researchers compared with the USA and Japan;
- Insufficient expenditure on R&D;
- The wide diversity in legislation, regulations, fiscal and social conditions, and heavy administrative procedures which restrict innovation;
- The separation between science and industry, education and business, training and employment;
- Difficulty in mobilizing private capital;
- The need for improved coordination and concentration of efforts;
- The presence of linguistic, cultural and legal barriers restricting the movement of persons and ideas.

The objective of this Green Paper is to identify the factors - positive or negative - on which innovation in Europe depends, and to formulate proposals for measures which will allow the innovation capacity of the Union to be increased.

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Record Number: 361 / Last updated on: 1997-04-15
Category: POLI