July 5, 2011
The final report of the Key enabling technologies was published late on
Wednesday (28 June).
This expert group was set up by the European Commission to examine
how European industry can maintain or gain a competitive edge through
deploying these industrial technologies of the future: micro- and
nanoelectronics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology,
photonics, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems.
The report clearly highlights the vital role of sustainable
chemistry and industrial biotechnology in furthering competitiveness
and addressing the grand challenges facing the EU.
The main conclusions call on decision-makers to adopt radical policy
objectives to retain critical capability and capacity in Europe through
a single and comprehensive approach to KETs. In particular, the group
recommends that the vital importance of KETs should be reflected
the structure and funding balance in the upcoming Horizon 2020, the next
framework for research and innovation and in the priorities of the EU’s
future regional policy.
Technological research and product demonstration projects should be
given a high priority. Further recommendations cover the combination
of funding mechanisms at EU and national level and a set of actions to
enhance technological skills in Europe. The Commission will report back
on the policy recommendations in the report in a communication
scheduled for the end of 2011.Author : innovationpartnerships