Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2013

Scientific Research in the Media

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Scientific discoveries and their practical applications can promote industrial development and social advancement. Research, innovation and new technologies influence economic, social, political and even sometimes ethical dimensions of modern societies. Thus their impact on the everyday life of EU citizens requires the increased attention of decision makers.

In 2000 the European Council set a strategic goal for Europe called the Lisbon strategy. Its objective was to make the EU the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. In line with this target and to promote sustainable growth and more and better jobs, the EU is focusing on boosting research and development.

The creation of the European Research Area that brings Community resources together to better coordinate research and innovation activities in the European Union also supports these goals. Furthermore the fact that the Seventh Framework Programme for research (2007-2013) has a longer perspective and larger budget than its predecessor programme reflects the priority given to research. Read more