The EU must maintain its position in science
Europe is a leading global centre for scientific research, employing over 1.8m scientific researchers. The EU lags behind the US in patent applications in key sectors and behind China and Japan in the ICT sector.
Scientific research in universities, research foundations, public bodies and by the private sector is essential if the European industry is to remain competitive, particularly in the most highly-innovative sectors. This should be a priority for the EU’s next Framework Programme.