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2005 – Communication ‘More Research and Innovation – A Common Approach’
Research and innovation have been confirmed as key challenges in the new Lisbon Partnership for Growth and Jobs. The 2002 Barcelona European Council set the goal of raising overall research investment in the EU from1.9% of GDP to around 3% by 2010. Nearly all Member States have set targets, which – if met – would bring research investment in the EU to 2.6% by 2010. But instead of rising, the overall level of EU research is currently more or less stagnant.
World-wide competition to attract research and innovation investment is growing. The EU invests about a third less in research than the US, and the EU/US innovation gap has not narrowed in recent years. Meanwhile, emerging countries like China and India are fast becoming world-class centres of research and innovation. Research investment in China is growing by 20% a year.
The scale of competition is such that no Member State can succeed in isolation.
To address this challenge, the Commission has tabled an integrated innovation/research action plan, which calls for a major upgrade of the conditions for research and innovation in Europe.
The action plan updates the actions that have been launched in the past few years with the 3% Action Plan for research and the innovation policy. It goes also further than these actions, in order to give substance to the high priority which has been given to research and innovation in the Lisbon Partnership for Growth and Jobs.
The action plan aims to achieve four objectives, for which 19 actions are proposed:
The Council welcomed the action plan and adopted conclusions supporting its proposals on 29 November 2005 [ - 287 Kb]
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