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Life sciences and biotechnology – A strategy for Europe. Progress report and future orientations. Communication from the Commission. COM (2003) 96 final, 5 March 2003

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Microsoft Word - Biotech version EN track changes 05.05.03.doc COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 5.3.2003 COM(2003) 96 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, TO THE COUNCIL AND TO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY –A STRATEGY FOR EUROPE PROGRESS REPORT AND FUTURE ORIENTATIONS { SEC (2003) 248 } 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In January 2002, the Commission adopted a Strategy for Europe on Life Sciences and Biotechnology, consisting of two parts –policy orientations and a 30 point plan to transform policy into action. The Commission intends to report regularly on the progress made. This report is the first such response. It sets out what has been achieved in policy development and on the ground, and anticipates emerging issues. Where further action is needed, this report contains future orientations, makes appropriate recommendations or announces new initiatives. This Communication highlights a number of core issues which are fundamental to the success of the Action Plan. It is supported by a Commission Staff Working Paper which sets out both short and medium term actions to bring these about, as well as a more precise timetable for delivery by the Commission. With this Communication, the Commission is responding to the request from the Barcelona European Council to report on progress in advance of the 2003 Spring European Council. The Commission strategy on Life sciences and Biotechnology has been regarded as a major initiative and as an achievement …… The European Institutions have supported the integrated approach proposed by the Commission as the way to work towards the Lisbon objective of promoting this high- technology area because of its potential to create growth and new jobs and benefit a wide range of sectors, while at the same time contributing to our broader goals, such as sustainable development. On 26 November, the Competitiveness Council adopted conclusions, which included a roadma

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