Brussels, 25 April 2003
The European Commission will present on Tuesday
29 April a roadmap with detailed measures to encourage public and
private players across Europe to upgrade their research effort.
"Investing in research: an action plan for Europe" sets
out initiatives required to increase the level of investment in
research in the EU from 1.9% to 3% of EU GDP.
The action plan follows up the decision taken at
the March 2002 Barcelona European Council to increase the level of
investment in research in the EU from 1.9% to 3% of EU GDP, with
two-thirds financed by the private sector.
Meeting the 3% objective is expected to create
0.5% additional growth of GDP and 400,000 additional jobs every year
after 2010. Key actions include setting up European technology
platforms, strengthening links between industry and public research,
redirecting public spending towards research and innovation, making
research careers more attractive and developing better fiscal
incentives for research.
During a press conference at the Breydel building
from 11.00 on Tuesday 29 April, Research Commissioner Philippe
Busquin will give journalists a first insight into the action plan -
to be officially adopted on 30 April – which aims to put the Union
on track to meet its 3% of GDP objective by 2010.
During the press conference Errki Ormala,
Director of technology policy in a large European multinational,
will provide a viewpoint from the industry.
Press Room, Breydel Building
45 avenue d'Auderghem
Participation: Michel Claessens
European Commission - Research DG - Information and Communication
Tel.: +32.2.295 99 71, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed fact sheets, FAQ, a more extensive press release and
other information are available on the web site presenting the
3% communication: http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/3pct/press-information.html