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2020 Vision for European aeronautics

Europe’s goal is to become the world leader in aeronautics by the year 2020.

In its January 2001 report ‘European aeronautics: a vision for 2020’, the ‘Group of aeronautics personalities’ chaired by then Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin set the goal for Europe of becoming the uncontested world leader in the field of aeronautics by 2020. The industry is to achieve this through a coordinated collaborative effort, strengthened and guided by a single shared vision and through the creation of a common framework for research and technological development. All of this in a leading-edge sector symbolising European industrial ingenuity and excellence.

Better serving the needs of European society and responding to issues of public interest are also key elements of the ‘2020 Vision’, including noise reduction, emission reduction, travel delays, and safer air transport.

The Group also recommended the creation of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) whose goal is to develop and implement a strategic approach to European aeronautics research. The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), delivered by ACARE in November 2002 and updated in March 2005, represents the plan for realising the 2020 Vision and the goals it identifies.

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