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Third Status Report on European Technology Platforms, At the Launch of FP7, EUR 22706

Funded under: FP7


The spring European Council in Brussels in March 2003 encouraged the European Commission to support the European Research and Innovation Area by: "...creating European Technology Platforms bringing together technological know-how, industry, regulators, and financial institutions to develop a strategic agenda for leading technologies".
European Technology Platforms were set up as stakeholder for a, led by industry, with the objective of defining medium to long-term research and technological objectives and laying down markers for achieving them. They cover the whole economic value chain, ensuring that knowledge generated through research is transformed into technologies and processes, and ultimately products and services.
At the beginning of 2007, there are 31 ETPs up and running, spanning a wide range of technologies which are key to Europe¿s growth and competitiveness. Each of these ETPs has brought together relevant stakeholders, reached consensus on a common vision and established (and in some cases already revised) a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The European Commission has provided guidance and support to the ETPs, counting on their work to better align EU research priorities with industry's needs.
In order to secure implementation of their SRAs, a primary objective of ETPs is to influence industrial and research policy, at EU, national and regional level, and to encourage public and private investments in R&D and innovation in key technological areas. In addition, ETPs interact with and have a positive impact on a wide range of other Community policies, such as sustainable development, health and transport, as well as on a range of broader societal issues.

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