Chapter 25 – Science and research was opened and provisionally closed on 18 December 2012.
The EU devotes particular attention to science and research, as it is a very important development area. Knowledge, as the most important intellectual resource, is gaining importance and the establishment of a stable research system is becoming fundamental in modern societies and the main force behind improving living standards.
Through its strategies and programmes, the EU has ensured high quality conditions for the development of science and research, which is beneficial to economic growth. In order to ensure the attainment of the Lisbon Strategy main objective, making the EU the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world, the Member States have decided to increase their investment in science and research to 3% of the GDP and thus encourage competitiveness and growth.