The annual report on research and technological development activities of the European Union in 2003
This Report covers developments and activities during the period from January 2003 to March 2004.
A major step towards the creation of a European Research Area was taken in 2003 with the first full year of the 6th Framework Programme. The Programme is one of the largest international R&D programmes in the world, with a budget of 17.5 billion euro for the period 2002-06 (increased to 19.2 billion euro with the enlargement of the Union). As well as European Union Member States, the Programme is open to the participants from other countries through cooperation agreements.
In addition to the Framework Programme, the European Union took a number of other important steps towards the creation of a European Research Area. 2003 was also an important year for the implementation of the Open Method of Coordination in the field of research policy through its application to the objective of raising research investments towards 3% of GDP in the European Union.
The implementation of the Sixth Framework programme is well on track. The continued high level of response from the research community shows its important role in the promotion of the European research efforts.
Date of report's adoption: 3 June 2005
last update: 26/10/05