You find in this section links to specialised web sites of the European Commission services.
Most of them present strategic visions of the Commission on the main technologies for the next ten years and sometimes beyond. You find as well general scenarios on the future of the European Union.
The IST Advisory Group (ISTAG) provides the Commission with independent advice concerning the strategy, content and direction of research work to be carried out under the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme
ISTAG has made consistent efforts to get a higher level of focus and a higher pace of development in Europe on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). To give these efforts a longer-term perspective a scenario planning exercise was launched during 2000. The aim was to describe what living with 'Ambient Intelligence' might be like for ordinary people in 2010.
The FISTERA project aims to bring together on a systematic and extended basis the actors and insights in national foresight exercises on IST (information society technologies) in the enlarged Europe. The project has three objectives:
A premise of the "Vision Book project" is that vision development is an important and often neglected process. Thinking about where we are going and why, is important - but not necessarily easy. The aim of the book is to help in this respect: to present a range of ideas, thoughts and images of the future relating to ICTs, in a way that is engaging, visually stimulating, and easy to understand.
The Fantasie project is a major EU research project looking at developments in transport technologies and the effects that these will have on Europe's future transport systems. In addition, the project will look at how these technologies may influence, and be influenced by, the aims and related initiatives of the Union's Common Transport Policy.
The FORESIGHT for TRANSPORT (funded under the FP5, GROWTH Programme) began in 2001 and is coming to an end in January 2004. It has produced scenarios for future development of relevance for mobility and transport and a monitoring meta-database system with indicators to allow a regular updating and monitoring of the visions developed and their impacts. Methods employed included holding meetings for expert consultation (jointly attracting over 75 experts) and a Delphi survey (with two waves and 160 respondents). Specific to the approach has been the focusing on not solely transport-specific factors and policies but also on non-transport factors. Thus the information database and visioning covers demographics, attitudes, institutional arrangements, S&T, social policy, economic development, politics and the environment.
Was a major strategic review exercise aimed at identifying key issues and guiding priorities for the next phase of EU support programmes and other actions in the field of new energy technologies.
The European Commission's proposal for a European Union Sustainable Development was adopted by the Commission on 15 May 2001. It contains a number of concrete proposals for how the European Union can improve its policy making to make it more coherent and focussed on the long term, as well as a number of specific headline objectives and the measures needed to achieve them.
In order to become the world's most competitive economy by 2010, the manufacturing and service engineering sectors will have to play a vital role in an enlarged Europe. Industry, government and other stakeholders need a strong vision of the future of the European economy based on an assessment of possible alternatives in order to develop their strategies. Manufacturing Visions aims to develop new and powerful visions of manufacturing for Europe in the decades to come. Such visions of manufacturing will support the development of policy and strategy focused on the proactive support of manufacturing.