The future of EU research by mirit35


									                               Annex X

The future of EU research

Rudolf Meijer, European Commission
       Prague, 26 May 2004
Priorities for the enlarged Union
• Europe must work together for higher
  growth with more and better jobs
• Attain the Lisbon objective of becoming
  one of the most competitive economies
• Strenghten the European effort in RTD by
  - realising a European Research Area
  - raising European effort to 3% of GDP
  - increasing financial support at EU level
    Main themes for EU action
• Support projects carried out by individual
  research teams selected EU-wide
• Support key infrastructures at EU level
• Set up public/private partnerships based
  on technological platforms concept
• Stimulate European “poles of excellence”
  based on networking and co-operation
• Improve co-ordination of national and
  regional research programmes
    Effort in S&T related fields
• Space applications:
  - positioning and navigation,
  - earth observation and monitoring
  - telecommunications
• Security:
  - bio-terrrorism,
  - cyber crime
• Education and training
     First orientations for FP7
• More necessary than ever for Europe to
  invest more in research
• Europe can become an area of scientific
  and technological excellence
• Need various instruments: legal, financial,
  both through MS efforts, and those of EU
  (and co-ordination of all of these !!)
• Support at EU level must be reinforced
            Six challenges
• Stimulate competition between individual
  research teams
• Develop research infrastructures
• Launch technological initiatives
• Consolidate the co-operation
• Reinforce human resources
• Promote co-ordination
    Support for individual teams
• New challenge for EU: no transnational co-
  operation, nor mobility, required
• Will cover also basic research fields
• Needs autonomy and flexibility
• Would be managed by an EU agency,
  in close association with the scientific
  community itself
    A European research agency
• Responsible for support to individual teams
• Covering all fields of science
• Guaranteeing quality by peer review
• Overseen by a European Research Council
  consisting of independent personalities
• Management Board composed of
  representatives of Commission and
  scientific community
         Human Resources
• initial training at EU level (also across
  disciplines) and European Chairs
• transfer of knowledge and technologies
  (especially for less advanced regions)
• promotion of intersectorial and university/
  industry mobility
• international mobility
• life-long learning and career development
  (discipline change, re-integration)
          Financing sources
• EU budget through Framework Programme
• European Investment Bank (innovation!)
• Also, the European Bank for Reconstruction
  and Development and national banks
• Structural Funds can support infrastructures
  and human resources – complementarity
  needs to be enhanced
• Adoption of Commission document later
  this year, for discussion in Council and
  Parliament, and with scientific community
• Concrete proposals for FP7 only in 2005
• Contributions to the debate welcomed
  especially also from scientific community
  of the new Member States

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