Category Archives: Policy

UNITARY PATENT ON TARGET FOR THIS YEAR, DESPITE BREXIT

The European Patent Office announced this month that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that the court responsible for enforcing the Unitary Patent would be ready to operate by 1 December. The Unified Patent court is … Continue reading

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COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW RULES FOR FUNDING SALARIES IN H2020 GRANTS

Often criticised as a source of unfair treatment for some of the EU28’s researchers, the Commission has recently adjusted the salary concept in the H2020 Model Grant Agreement. According to a new, broader definition, some of the top-up bonuses that … Continue reading

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RESEARCH SPENDING AND INNOVATION OUTPUTS IN EU MEMBER STATES NOT ON TARGET

The EU’s target for member states to invest 3% of GDP in research is not going to happen by 2020, according to the latest assessment by the European Commission. The European Semester, the EU’s annual analysis of the economic and … Continue reading

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NEW REPORT GIVES HINTS ON PRIORITIES OF POST-H2020 RESEARCH PRORAMME

Attracting more top global companies and boosting investment in defence are among the main avenues the European Commission could investigate as it lays the ground for a successor to Horizon 2020, according to a report which examines ways of maximising … Continue reading

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PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP’S POSITIONS ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY

Technological innovation has long been and will continue to be critically important to both income growth and national competitiveness. ITIF (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation) has just published a report which examines President-elect Donald Trump’s policy agenda on technology and … Continue reading

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON HORIZON 2020

At the end of October, the European Commission launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will … Continue reading

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GIVING ENTREPRENEURS A SECOND CHANCE: NEW EU BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION PLANS FOR SMEs

As part of its new Start-up and Scale-up Initiative, the European Commission has revealed draft insolvency rules aimed at avoiding bankruptcies and job losses. The new law would allow companies experiencing serious financial difficultes to continue trading while protecting them from creditors … Continue reading

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