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Q.What's European Technology Platforms?
A.The European Technology Platforms (ETP) will play an important role in the evolution of European R&D: they will help to define the research objectives of the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

They regroup, in a defined key-sector, research and innovation actors – industries, SMEs, public and private research. They are coordinated by industrial leaders on the sector. This structure will allow the developing of a useful R&D policy that will be accepted by the industry.

The European Technology Platforms should:

  • Stimulate European research;
  • Help increase R&D investments in quality and quantity in key sectors, in order to improve the competitiveness and create jobs thanks to innovation and R&D;
  • Accelerate innovation in the key sectors;
  • Cut down barriers which slow down the transformation of new technologies into added value for the economy;
  • Define the sector’s long-term objectives in a "Vision Paper" and a "Strategic Research Agenda" with specific R&D objectives to be reached in this sector.