EU is going to inject over €9bn to boost European Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are critical to creating jobs and improving quality of life across Europe. Although the ICT sector is itself worth 6-8% of the EU’s GDP, their importance goes well beyond that – ICTs are also vital to:
- meeting the globalization challenge by boosting innovation, creativity and competitiveness throughout the economy;
- delivering cutting-edge science in all scientific and technological areas;
- making Europe’s large public sector more efficient, and modernizing sectors ranging from education to energy;
- tackling social challenges, improving quality of life and meeting the challenge of an ageing society.
Europe must therefore master these technologies to remain competitive and safeguard its quality of life, which is why ICT research is one of the key themes of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, which will fund research across Europe from 2007-2013 .
Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) gives special attention to Security, and particularly to ICT Security. Read some details here: CORDIS : FP7 : Cooperation : Security.