EU to pursue long-term strategy for key technologies

30 September 2009 13:40  [Source: ICIS news]

BRUSSELS (ICIS news)--The European Commission plans to boost the deployment of key technologies in an effort to shift Europe to a low-carbon, knowledge-based economy, the EU executive body said on Wednesday.

The Commission said it will develop and implement a “European vision for the industrial deployment of key enabling technologies” such as nanotechnology and nano- and microelectronics, including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics.

The EU executive body said Europe faced “significant obstacles in achieving the wide and timely industrial deployment of these technologies” and insisted they were key to “managing the shift to a low-carbon, knowledge-based economy”.

“In the past, the EU has not effectively capitalised on its own R&D results and there are shortages of the skilled and highly educated scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs capable of exploiting the multidisciplinary nature of new high technologies,” it said.

The Commission has therefore decided to set up a high-level expert group to develop a long-term strategy and coordinate concrete actions at a European level for these technologies.

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