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Position of Iceland on the preparation for the 7th Framework Programme

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Abstract

Iceland has participated in the Framework Programme through provisions in the EEA agreement since 1994. The experience gained convincingly demonstrates the benefits from cooperation in this field. Thus Iceland is in favour of further expanding and reinforcing the European co-operation on research and technological development aiming for the goals set by the Lisbon agenda. To this end adequate funding is required.
While increased funding at the level of the Framework Programme is an important objective it represents only a minor part of the total funding of RTD in Europe. A strong home base is fundamental for reaching the Lisbon Barcelona objectives and therefore the national funding of RTD also has to increase significantly among member states and a proper balance between the two sources of funding has to be found including the involvement of the business sector. The overall ratio of 3% of GDP with two-thirds coming from the business sector and one third public funding (already the case for Iceland) is an important objective. It should however be kept in mind that a financial input view of the RTD effort needs to be complemented with a broader and systematic review of the scientific and socio-economic effects and output of public and private RTD efforts. This is essential to guide and stimulate political measures to improve the conditions for research and innovation in the context of increasing European and national competitiveness and social wellbeing.
Iceland supports proposals for a substantial increase of the budget for the coming Framework Programme and reminds of the importance of paying due regard to the impacts from the RTD effort.

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Record Number: 6995 / Last updated on: 2005-09-15
Category: POLI
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