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On the Road to Lisbon

 

The goal of the European Research Area is to improve the co-ordination of activities at the community, national and regional level with the aim of strengthening Europe’s performance in research and development. The European Union is pressing ahead with the co-ordination and opening of national and regional policies and funding programmes, mainly through the ERA-NET scheme that was developed under the Sixth Framework Programme. The opening of national and regional research programmes through ERA-NET plus and the application of Article 169 should be stepped up even further under the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme. The players in Austrian research policy – in particular, the ministries and other organisations that handle programmes – have shown a high level of commitment in this area. As a result, during the Sixth Framework Programme Austria has been one of the most active and successful countries in the cross-border co-ordination of funding programmes.

Overall, though, the progress of the Lisbon process has been disappointing so far, and both growth and productivity gains in Europe have lagged behind expectations. In March 2005, the European Council therefore tried to give new impetus to the strategy by shifting the focus to growth and employment in Europe. To this end, the mobilisation of all suitable national and community resources is to be stepped up in the three dimensions covered by the strategy (economy, society, environment) and the exploitation of synergies improved.

This is the European challenge facing all EU member states. Austria has outlined its strategies for the future in its National Reform Programme that builds upon work carried out in the past. The Ministry for Education, Science and Culture (BMBWK) and the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) have contributed research and technology policy strategies, the National Action Plan for Innovation has been drawn up under the auspices of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour (BMWA), and the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development has recently published its position paper Strategy 2010. The National Reform Plan focuses upon greater investments in the future to strengthen knowledge and innovation as engines of sustainable growth and to increase Austria’s attractiveness for investors and employees. This goal is translated in seven Action programmes in the areas of research, strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises, improving administrative procedures, internationalisation, information and communications infrastructure, in particular increased access to broadband, and growth and employment in the regions.

 

Date: 30.12.2005