EP Briefing 2002-12-16: Research and Technological Development - the Way Forward

December 13, 2002

Strasbourg, 12 Dec 2002

Yves PIÉTRASANTA (Greens/EFA, F) will be tabling a non-binding draft resolution recommending improvements to the EU's strategy on research and technological development. The draft resolution points out that the European Union set itself the objective at the Barcelona summit of approaching a figure of 3% of GDP for investment in research by 2010. At present, however, that figure is only 1.92%, compared to 2.64% in the United States and 3.04% in Japan.

Mr Piétrasanta wants the target for participation by women in the sixth framework research and development programme, together with the bursaries awarded to them, to be set at 50%. Mr Piétrasanta also outlines that the procedures for participating in the fifth framework research and development programme are cumbersome and complicated and therefore calls on the Commission to do its utmost to simplify the procedures for the sixth framework programme.

Report on
1. the report from the Commission on research and technological development activities of the European Union - 2001 annual report
( COM(2001) 756 - C5-0286/2002 - 2002/2146(COS))
2. the report from the Commission on the JRC annual report 2001
( COM(2002) 306 - C5-0507/2002 - 2002/2146(COS))
Doc.: A5-0428/2002 [may not be available yet]

Procedure: Consultation paper
Debate: 17.12.200

European Parliament Briefing 2002-12-16

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