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The Fifth Framework Programme: a crucial step forward

Research is a cornerstone of EU policy

The goals of the European Commission’s successive Framework Programmes have always been to promote a strong, competitive European industry and to improve the quality of life of European citizens. High-quality research and an effort to maximise the added value of transnational co-operation are the pillars of this endeavour.

Since the early days of Community-supported research, the notion of sustainability has become prominent, and with it the awareness that economic growth must go hand in hand with a concern for the environment and its effects on living organisms. Such concern is embodied in the Fifth Framework Programme, along with the will to exploit the full potential of recent scientific and technological breakthroughs.

As we move towards the sixth European-RTD Framework Programme, the process of integration in research will gather pace. I hope and expect that the lead given by many of our existing research activities will provide building blocks for the further development of Europe's research potential. Environmental and Health issues will be at the heart of this new Programme as we continue with and expand the process of building the European Research Area, taking full advantage of European diversity, expertise and competitiveness.

 

Philippe Busquin - Member of the European Commission with responsibility for Research

Philippe Busquin
Member of the European Commission with responsibility for Research

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