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Opinion of the Committee of the Regions [...] on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the seventh framework programme of the European Community [...]

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Abstract

Opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 16 November 2005 on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the seventh framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013), COM(2005) 119 final - 2005/0043 (COD) - 2005/0044 (CNS)
1. The overarching objectives set out in the Commission proposal are crucial for the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy. Raising European investment in research to 3% of EU GDP, with two-thirds of this coming from the private sector and all of it geared to research and development promoting knowledge-based societies and economies in Europe, is an ambitious target that can only be met through joint efforts and coordinated action by the EU and Member States;
2. Research, innovation and lifelong learning are key to European growth and competitiveness;
3. The need to double Union research funding in the period 2007¿2013 is in line with the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy and the accession of ten new Member States in 2004. It is in the interest of the whole of Europe that the proposal be implemented, even if changes are made to other parts of the budget plans for 2007¿2013;
4. The high degree of continuity between the current Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) and the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme. The proposal also includes new elements, such as the European Research Council and Joint Technology Initiatives;
5. Although the measures contained in the Commission proposal are not cohesion instruments as such, they will undoubtedly have an impact on cohesion in Europe.

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Record Number: 7368 / Last updated on: 2006-04-28
Category: POLI
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