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European Technology Platforms - ETPs
Technology platforms play a key role in better aligning EU research priorities to industry's needs.
They cover the
whole economic value chain, ensuring that knowledge generated through
research is transformed into technologies and processes, and ultimately
into marketable products and services.
To remain competitive, and to fulfil the Lisbon 2000 European Council agenda
for growth and competitiveness in a knowledge-based European economy,
European industry needs to specialise more in high technology areas.
Investment in research must be continuously increased, co-ordination
across Europe enhanced and the technological content of industrial
activity maintained and steadily raised raised. For this reason, the
Commission has promoted the establishment of European Technology Platforms which associate all principal stakeholders – industry, research bodies and academia – in key areas for European competitiveness.
These platforms are seen as a crucial component in future European research policy and already play a major role in the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research.