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2018 EUROPEAN INNOVATION SCOREBOARD RELEASED

The 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard was released on 22 June.  It provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION PLANS FOR “INVEST EU” FUND

The European Commission put forward a proposal at the beginning of June to bring all of the EU’s existing investment instruments under the banner of a new fund called “InvestEU” which will formally succeed the Juncker Plan. Under the InvestEU … Continue reading

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EU UNVEILS €100 BILLION BUDGET FOR NEW RESEARCH PROGRAMME

At the beginning of May the European Commission unveiled a €100 billion budget for its new research programme for the period 2021 to 2017. The figure includes €97.6 billion for Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship research programme, and €2.4 billion … Continue reading

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INTRODUCING HORIZON EUROPE, SUCCESSOR TO HORIZON 2020

As reported on 24 April in Science|Business, the secret is out: European Commission officials are pitching Horizon Europe as the name for the next framework programme for research and innovation. Although not yet confirmed, the name appears in draft Commission … Continue reading

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EU COUNCIL AND PARLIAMENT AGREE TO SIMPLIFICATION OF COHESION FUND RULES

Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to approve … Continue reading

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EVOLUTION – NOT REVOLUTION – IS THE HALLMARK OF FP9

In his first press briefing on 27 March since taking up the post of EU Director General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet announced his strategy for a more “joined-up process” in planning the next Framework Programme by working more … Continue reading

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EU REPORT: “WE ARE AT A TIPPING POINT” IN TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

“We are at a tipping point” in technological development, was a phrase used by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, at a Brussels conference on 20 February which offered a public platform to launch the conclusions of a … Continue reading

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