EU reinforces innovation thrust

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‘Higher, more effective and efficient investments in education, research and innovation are a key factor for the sustainable long-term growth of a competitive European economy and should remain a high priority’ – this is one of the recommendations adopted by EU research ministers at the Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 5 and 6 March.

 

The Ministers also highlight the importance of reaching the goal of investing 3% GDP in R&D.

 

Elsewhere in the recommendations, the ministers call on Member States to encourage universities, research institutes and industry to ‘step up their cooperation’; the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) will play a key role in achieving this goal.

 

According to the ministers, the role of frontier research needs to be ‘reinforced’. Furthermore, as the ministers noted, the review of the structures and mechanisms of the European Research Council (ERC) should be a priority.

 

The Ministers unanimously adopted over 30 recommendations and key messages on how Europe should respond to the current economic downturn. Got to http://www.eu2009.cz/en/

 

Contributed by Professor Roy Green.

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