European Commission Press release (19 July 2005) point out that ‘The 2005 key figures show that EU R&D intensity is close to stagnation. Growth of R&D investment as a % of GDP has been slowing down since 2000 and only grew 0.2% between 2002 and 2003. Europe devotes a much lower share of its wealth to R&D than the US and Japan (1.93% of GDP in the EU in 2003, as compared to 2.59% in the US and 3.15% in Japan).
Mid-term assessment of the Lisbon Strategy launched on March 2000 showed not very satisfactory results. By establishing an effective internal market, by boosting research and innovation and by improving education, the aim was to make the European Union “the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world” by 2010. However,
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