Future European Union research policy

June 17, 2004

Brussels, 16 Jun 2004

The European Commission has proposed orientations for the development of future European Union programmes to support research activities and policies. They imply a significant expansion of the European Community research budget for the period 2007-2013.

Six major objectives are identified:

  • Creating European centres of excellence through collaboration between laboratories

  • Launching European technological initiatives

  • Stimulating the creativity of basic research through competition between teams at European level

  • Making Europe more attractive to the best researchers

  • Developing research infrastructure of European interest

  • Improving the coordination of national research programmes

In addition, two new areas for European-level research activities are presented: space and security.

In its plans, the Commission proposes using the most efficient means of implementation, including management through partnership with the Member States and research actors, and "externalised" management.

The Commission's ideas for future research policy are a first step. Following the consultation and wider debate, and based on a thorough assessment of evidence and impacts, the Commission will present its legislative proposals for the Seventh Framework Programme for R&D in the course of 2005.

Read the Commission Communication on the future EU research policy:

Science and Technology, the key to Europe's future - guidelines for future European Union policy to support research

(also in: ; more languages soon)

Press release

An open consultation

The Commission would welcome views and comments from all regarding the future European research policy. Contributions would be particularly welcome from the research community and users of research, including public institutes, universities, large companies, SMEs, research organisations, international organisations and associations.

We would prefer you to contribute through an online questionnaire. This need take only 10-15 minutes to complete. The online questionnaire will be available shortly.

Written comments can also be sent to a specific e-mail address, which will be available soon, or to:


Future research policy consultation
Directorate-General for Research
European Commission
Unit A1
Office SDME 02/50
B-1049 Brussels, BELGIUM.

DG Research
http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
Item source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/futur e/index_en.html

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