Research & Development and innovation : paving the way for the future
In the 21st century, the challenges of European society have been compounded by those arising from the fight against climate change and the recent financial crisis.
The S&D Group has called for these challenges to be addressed through a new social pact, based on sustainable development. One of its key instruments will be an ambitious and coherent programme of investment in Research and Development (R&D), in order to enable Europe to promote green employment, sustainable job creation and foster economic growth.
We believe that R&D must address the concerns of ordinary citizens. It should present solutions to help make life better and easier for all of us. Innovation should be "citizen"-oriented, the focus of innovative companies should be to solve those problems that affect us all.