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Communication from the Commission, Science and technology, the key to Europe's future - Guidelines for future European Union policy to support research, COM(2004) 353 final

Funded under: FP6, OTH-ERA

Abstract

Scientific research, technological development and innovation are at the heart of the knowledge-based economy, a key factor in growth, the competitiveness of companies and employment. For this reason, the Commission has made strengthening European research a major objective in its Communication on the future financial framework of the Union, proposing to increase the European Union's research budget: taking all activities together, the budget should be doubled.

Launched at the Lisbon European Council of March 2000, the European Research Area project has established a reference framework for research in Europe. At the Barcelona European Council of March 2002, the European Union set itself the objective of increasing the European research effort to 3% of the European Union's GDP by 2010, two-thirds coming from private investment and one-third from the public sector: at 2% of the European Union's GDP, the European research effort today lags behind the efforts of the United States (2.8%) and Japan (more than 3%).
In this context, to attain the Lisbon objectives, increasing research efforts at the overall European level is indispensable

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Record Number: 6071 / Last updated on: 2005-06-08
Category: MISC