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Report Urges European Technical Cooperation

LONDON—A new report on technical collaboration in Europe argues for its value to society but warns politicians that it cannot solve all their economic problems. "Do not regard collaboration as a panacea for all of Europe's, let alone the United Kingdom's, high-technology problems," write British researchers Margaret Sharp and Claire Shearman. "But support it, and support it wholeheartedly. Decisions about European initiatives for R&D should be taken on their own merits and not be subordina

Bernard Dixon
LONDON—A new report on technical collaboration in Europe argues for its value to society but warns politicians that it cannot solve all their economic problems. "Do not regard collaboration as a panacea for all of Europe's, let alone the United Kingdom's, high-technology problems," write British researchers Margaret Sharp and Claire Shearman. "But support it, and support it wholeheartedly. Decisions about European initiatives for R&D should be taken on their own merits and not be subordinated to the long-running problems of agricultural expenditure, nor in Britain to shortsighted insistence on domestic cash ceilings."

The report, entitled European Technological Collaboration, is the latest in a series of studies commissioned by the independent Royal Institute for International Affairs. Its review of competition and collaboration in fields such as telecommunications and information technology strongly supports the need to build a unified high-tech market and establish common standards in Europe. Although financed in part...

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