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Turkish position paper on the 7th EU Framework Programme

Funded under: FP7


The Lisbon Strategy aimed at Europe becoming the world's most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. Research and development and innovation play a key role in the implementation of this strategy. The vision of a European Research Area (ERA) was launched by the Commission in 2000. This vision embraces a better coordination among national activities and joint efforts for an improved exploitation of joint European resources for research. The EU uses the Framework Programme (FP) as its main instrument for implementing research policy. In other words, the FP is one way of putting ERA into practical effect. Indeed, EU Framework Programmes have been implemented since 1984 and they have encouraged closer European cooperation on research projects of European interest. However, the high level objectives and the specific targets agreed upon by Member States in Lisbon in 2000 have attached a more important role to the 6th one of the FPs. The Sixth Framework Programme, officially launched in 2002, can be considered as the scientific and technological tool of the EU in its attempts to become a world power. Turkey joined the FP6 as an Associated Candidate Country towards the end of 2002. It had the disadvantage of not having any experience from the previous FPs. On the other hand, since a lot in instruments, concepts, implementation etc was new in FP6, it could be said that Turkey was at an advantage because it did not have the confusion stemming from the past experiences that could blur the minds. Unfortunately, Turkey has been quite unsuccessful during the first half of the FP6, whichever implication the word 'unsuccessful' may have. This fact has been clearly stated in the following document.

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