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An expert group has been set up to assess the potential and the emerging scientific and technological research topics in fifteen specific areas, their impact on the EU competitiveness and societal fabric, and the potential response of EU and its members states, while examining what possibilities exist for a uniquely European approach to exploiting the potential synergies across these technologies, and develop guidance for new research agendas. These issues should feed the identification of possible priorities for the European research policy.
The group, via a series of working papers and of the present synthesis report has tried: to identify which key socio-economic challenges Europe is facing in relation each of the research fields; to provide for each field an overview of EU policy responses in the last 5-10 years; to establish an overall comparison of Europe¿s position in research in each field, to measure levels of R&D spending for the EU as a whole, the member states, other competitors/partners; to identify strengths and weaknesses of Europe¿s sectors and companies and related industries from the specific areas in a global perspective; to identify and analyse policies and programmes of member states and international organisations; to define a forward look: long-term challenges, visions, and finally to present an overview of recent foresight work highlighting the future challenges for Europe in this research field.

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