Towards 3%: attainment of the Barcelona target

05 April 2004

EASAC published on 6 April 2004 a report of a workshop organised in the European Parliament at the request of the EP Industry Committee. The workshop was centred round EASAC case studies of the growth in R&D spending in Finland and Sweden, and included also papers on intellectual property issues, on regional analysis of R&D spend in Hungary and on comparisons between the EU and the USA. The overall focus was on what could be learned from these experiences of relevance to the achievement of the Barcelona target of increasing general expenditure on R&D to 3% of GDP within the European Union.