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Increasing European commitment on research and innovation

European research cooperation and EU budget proposals were on the agenda when the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs visited Brussels 21-22 February.

25/02/2005 :: The EU Commission’s proposal of a doubling of funds in EU’s upcoming 7th Framework Programme for 2007-2013 was of particular interest to the Norwegian Parliament group.

A doubling of EU funds would consequently also lead to a dramatic increase in the Norwegian contributions in this field, if Norway chose to participate. Today Norway contributes 2.1 per cent of its total research budget through the 6th framework program for 2003-2006 – roughly amounting to 80 million Euro per year.

The budget proposal emerges in a setting where few of the Member States have managed to raise research funding to 3 per cent of their GDP and a 2/3 funding from the private sector – two of the targeted goals of the Lisbon Strategy.

On average, EU research efforts have been at 1.96 per cent compared to 2.59 per cent in the US – now the EU intends to improve its appeal for R&D activities and “attract the best minds and best brains to Europe” by creating centralised centres of excellence in research.

The upcoming 7th framework will also attempt to boost European research with the creation of a European Research Area, aimed at bringing European countries together in cooperative and coordinated efforts in the pursuit for scientific excellence, improved competitiveness and innovation.

Member State requests to the Commission to create a roadmap for new European research infrastructure symbolises the rise of closer European cooperative efforts in this field.


 

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The Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs visited BrusselsPhoto: Anne Grethe Nilsen, EU-del.