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Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European [...] Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009. First Implementation Report 2005-2007, COM(2007) 505 final

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Abstract

Nanotechnology provides important potential for boosting quality of life and industrial competitiveness in Europe. Its development and use should not be delayed, unbalanced or left to chance. The European Commission (EC) plays two important roles in the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N); as policy maker and as funding body for research and innovation. The "integrated, safe and responsible approach" proposed by the EC in 2004 has been agreed by stakeholders and is now the core of the EU's nanotechnology policy. Resources have been mobilised and challenges addressed, as called for by the EC. The Action Plan provided impetus for developments, and progress in almost every area has been identified. While it is difficult to collect all quantitative indicators for the period 2005-2007, a positive impact can nonetheless be seen. Over the last two years, European research in N&N has benefited from considerable financial support, complemented by increased coordination and coherence in relevant policy areas. EU Institutions, Member States, industry, researchers and other interested parties have worked together, sharing information and regularly consulting one another, so that by and large, Europe has been "talking with one voice". Efforts have also been made to work more closely with international partners, bi- and multilaterally.
International competition increased markedly during 2005-2007, challenging European progress. Some weaknesses are becoming apparent in Europe, in particular a shortage of private investment in research and industrial innovation, a lack of leading interdisciplinary infrastructures, and an increasing risk of duplication and fragmentation in research efforts due to rising investment by the Member States. Such potential duplication and fragmentation should be avoided, and coherence, synergy and subsidiarity should feature in all EU actions.

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Record Number: 8699 / Last updated on: 2007-09-17
Category: MISC