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Parliament resolution on research and sustainable development

The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative resolution on the Community policy for research and sustainable development.

The resolution notes the importance of technical innovation in economic growth, and its role in creating new jobs. However, according to the reso...
The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative resolution on the Community policy for research and sustainable development.

The resolution notes the importance of technical innovation in economic growth, and its role in creating new jobs. However, according to the resolution, the current model of economic growth is dominated by market forces which intensively consume natural resources.

The Parliament calls for the introduction of a sustainable development model, guided by the principles of solidarity between generations and nature conservancy, and based on the crucial role of research and development. Technological innovation, the resolution states, can help solve environmental problems by making more efficient use of raw materials and energy, and avoiding the use of pollutants.

To achieve the objective of sustainable development, the Parliament calls for RTD efforts to address:

- Analysis of the growing interconnection between social and economic processes and the natural environment;
- Designing new processes for using raw materials and energy, manufacturing goods and recycling products that will reduce the adverse effects of the present economic growth model.

Parliament calls on the Commission to incorporate in all programmes financed by the EU, in particular the Fifth Framework Programme, the sustainable development criteria as a guiding reference for R&D activities. European R&D policy should not only be based on economic growth, but also on what is ecologically and socially sustainable.

Source: European Parliament

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