economic success of the EU depends on industry's ability to balance successfully
the twin challenges of producing innovative products competitively and
supporting sustainable development. Consumers want higher quality, safer
products with more functionality. At the same time society expects industry
to minimise its environmental impact, limit consumption of new resources
and cut production of waste. Economic growth generates increased road,
rail, maritime and air traffic with the undesirable side effects of congestion
and pollution. Europe must reconcile the conflicting pressures of growing
demand for mobility and the need to reduce the environmental impact of
With a budget
of 2,705 million euro, the Competitive and Sustainable Growth thematic
programme of the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme for Research
and Technological Development (FP5) is tackling these socio-economic challenges.
The goal is to increase economic growth and create new jobs in Europe.
This research is:
European industry develop innovative products and processes to serve
customers better, using intelligent and eco-efficient production methods.
new ideas about how enterprises can organise to improve efficiency and
the skills of their workforces.
the efficiency, integration and safety of existing modes of transport.
new technologies and concepts for the vehicles and vessels of the future.