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Abstract

The general value of increasing knowledge and the importance of basic research for economic and social development, are well recognised. The debate on basic research has so far essentially taken place within the scientific community, in the form of thinking about the need for a "Basic Research Fund" and a "European Research Council".

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. 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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