The European Commission has today proposed increasing the European Union’s research funding to an average of €10 billion a year for the duration of the next framework programme, i.e. twice as much as today, and to devote it to six major objectives, including the creation of European centres of excellence, the launching of technology initiatives in industrial fields of growth and the creation of a European "agency" to support European basic research teams. In its strategy document entitled "Science and technology, the key to Europe’s future", the Commission aims to provide a concrete response to the objectives of the Lisbon strategy and to support the European Research Area project. The Commission also proposes focusing future European efforts on key topics, including security and space.
"The debate on the future of research in Europe has been launched", Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for Research, said. "Scientific research and technological development are key to the future of Europe because they generate more than half of economic growth and determine Europe’s political weight on the international scene. By backing a more innovative Europe, we are investing in the well?being of future generations. Europe together can achieve what a single Member State alone cannot."
Fabio Fabbi | European Commission
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