Information Paper “European Technology Platforms” explores one of the implementation mechanisms within the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union. The scientific and engineering priorities of the European Union development were identified by means of technological platforms. Diverse research efforts related to their practical implementation by small and medium enterprises and production sector are financed through these mechanisms.
This paper pays special attention to the emergence and evolution of the European technology platform concept, as well as structure and functioning of technology platforms. Significant part of the paper is devoted to the overview of 36 existing European technology platforms.