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Implementing the Community Lisbon Programme: Communication from the Commission to the [...]: More Research and Innovation - Investing for Growth and Employment: A Common Approach, COM(2005) 488 final

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Abstract

To achieve sustainable global competitiveness, the EU has no choice but to become a vibrant knowledge economy. That is why, in launching the new Lisbon partnership for growth and jobs1, the European Council singled out knowledge and innovation for growth as one of three main areas for action. This Communication specifies the actions in this area in line with the overarching new Community-Member States partnership based on the Integrated Guidelines (IG) for the preparation of the National Reform Programmes (NRP) and on the Community Lisbon Programme3 (CLP). To highlight full consistency with the CLP and the IG, endorsed by the European Council, the summary of each chapter provides references to the relevant documents. Innovation and research policies are central to this, as together they cover the full spectrum of issues affecting the genesis of new knowledge and ideas, their use and commercial exploitation.
Achieving strong and sustainable growth calls for a vigorous integrated policy response. The EU should mobilise a coherent mix of instruments covering research, innovation and other related policies. Coordination between the Member State, regional and European levels is needed and European action should support and complement the efforts of national authorities and the private sector. The 2002 Barcelona European Council set the goal of raising overall research investment in the EU from 1.9% of GDP to approach 3% by 2010, increasing the private funding proportion from 55% to two-thirds. Member States have to reform and strengthen their public research and innovation systems, facilitate public-private partnerships, ensure a favourable regulatory environment, help to develop supportive financial markets and create attractive education, training and career conditions to achieve this goal.

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Record Number: 7253 / Last updated on: 2006-03-20
Category: COM DOCUMENT