The European Commission recently published the communication “Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU”, accompanied by the staff working document “Current situation of key enabling technologies in Europe”.
By Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) the Commission means nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology or photonics. These technologies are of exceptional importance to be at the forefront of managing the shift to a low-carbon, knowledge-based economy. The communication proposes developing a European vision for the industrial deployment of such technologies in the EU.
Specifically, the communication tries to identify the KETs that strengthen the EU’s industrial and innovation capacity, and a set of short-term measures is proposed to address current difficulties. In addition the creation of a high-level expert group tasked with developing a shared longer term strategy and action plan on the identified KETs is foreseen.