Letter from the Chairman to The Lord Sainsbury
of Turville, Minister of Science and Innovation, Department of
Trade and Industry
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
12 November which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on
We are in agreement with the overall objectives
of the European Research Area (ERA) which we see as an important
element in the parcel of reforms agreed at Lisbon in March 2000.
Clearly, there is a long way to go. R&D spending in the EU
is currently around 1.9 per cent of GDP. The objective endorsed
by the Sixth Framework Programme is to push this to 3 per cent
of GDP by 2010. This is a major programme, and we wish it well.
However, we share your concerns about the way
in which the objectives are achieved. We would certainly be worried
by any lack of flexibility on the part of the Commission.
The Scrutiny reserve on this document is lifted.
4 December 2002