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Italian contribution to the debate on the future of European Research Policy

Funded under: FP7


This document represents the Italian contribution on the European research strategy and the objectives of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), as outlined in the European Commission (EC) communication of 16 June 2004. In adition to explaining the Italian position on particular aspects highlighted by the EC communication, we intend to present a few general ideas on aims and strategy for European research and development.
An analysis of growing worldwide trends in research and development constitutes a necessary step in order to define future European programmes. The first issue we should take into consideration is the appearance on the world scene of emerging actors, whose influence is already evident and will become even more so in the next few years. It is clear that in the relatively long timeframe spanning from now to the completion of FP7, the position of China, India and other world regions, whose development will be strongly spurred by sizeable investments in the technological innovation and related human capital, will have a deep impact on the research and development of other regions, starting from Europe.

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