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  European aeronautics has succeeded in establishing itself as the main competitor to the United States and needs to maintain this position. To this end the Advisory Group believes that a long-term research strategy and key objectives shared by all parties of the European air transport system are called for. The Advisory Group recognises the positive impact of the "New Perspectives in Aeronautics" Key Action of the Fifth Framework Programme. It recommends both establishing mechanisms to focus and better rationalise R&T throughout Europe, and preserving the continuity of successful activities towards the next Framework programme.
  The world is changing, quickly and extensively towards a knowledge society. These changes in industrial, economic and social areas will shape our future; they will impact on all European citizens.
  Aeronautics is a knowledge intensive industry. It is at the centre of change. The growth of aeronautics is partly a cause of progress. It also allows us to improve the ways we do business and live our lives. It is an essential contributor to the social, economic and industrial development that will transform the face of Europe over the next 20 years.
  Europe is a special region. It has a large population, prosperous and educated, and some very densely populated conurbations. It is highly industrialised, technically advanced and export-oriented. It has a rich diversity of cultures and languages that call for increased mobility for its people.
  In looking at European aeronautics it is important to assess its present condition and the challenges that lie ahead. Even if European aeronautics is highly successful today it faces intense global competition and new demands from community interests which require a strategic approach to the future.

European Aeronautics faces three challenges:

  • Meeting European social needs.
  • Creating competitive products for the global market.
  • Creating and applying new technology-based capabilities for future growth.
  The Advisory Group believes that shared long term goals for the global operational air transport system in Europe would be useful to facilitate concerted actions among the parties involved to the benefit of Europe and its citizens.
  The Advisory Group has a vision for the future of European Aeronautics that translates into research. It sets out ambitious aspirations for progress by 2020 that respond to the demands of European citizens, the needs of the market and the importance of taking due care of the environment. It is based on 2 main strands: "leadership of the European Industry in the global market" and "European air mobility for sustainable growth and quality of life".

To realise this vision the Paper proposes 3 measures:

  • A leadership initiative by the Commissioner for Research & Technology which will forge a new partnership of consultation with European aeronautics stakeholders.
  • A process which will use this partnership to identify, and quantify when necessary, the major goals for the next 20 years which will allow aeronautics in 2020 to benefit from European aircraft which can meet the needs of both markets and citizens.
  • A development of the European Research Area that will allow the technologies needed to deliver these benefits to be created in a European context with greater efficiency and better focus at every level; Community, national, regional and enterprise.
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