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Adoption of a new research policy

This Chapter:

A new framework for Community research

Adoption of the 5th Framework Programme and of the specific programmes
A larger budget
Rules for participation and dissemination of results
Renewal of advisory bodies
Improvements in management procedure

The major development in European Union research policy was the adoption of the 5th Framework Programme1 for RTD activities (1998 to 2002) by the European Parliament and the Council in December 1998. With the new Framework Programme Community research is adapted to the context created by the launch of the single currency and the start of accession negotiations with a view to enlargement of the Union:

  • a Europe showing greater economic integration, better equipped to forge common responses to the globalisation of the economy - but also of science and technology - and about to bring its political contours closer to its cultural and historic frontiers;

  • a Europe where, however, employment is still the major challenge and where the sectors and businesses creating large numbers of high-quality jobs depend, increasingly, on science and technology, for example activities connected with health care, information, the environment or new technology-based services.

The 5th Framework Programme will contribute to harmonious construction of such a Europe, alongside the other Community policies, particularly the Action Plan for Innovation,2 with which the relationship will be reinforced.


1- Unless otherwise stated, throughout this report "Framework Programme" or "RTD Framework Programme" means the Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities plus the Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for research and training activities.
2- COM(96)589 final.

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