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Business group wants tax breaks for innovative start-ups

Europe's chronic shortage of finance for young innovative companies will cause it to fall further behind global competitors, according to a business lobby group which wants governments to back entrepreneurs through tax incentives.

Experts slam EU’s ‘fractured’ research policy

An expert group established to advise the EU executive has criticised European research policy for being driven by national concerns rather than community spirit.

Commissioner warns against ‘research protectionism’

The development of the European Research Area (ERA) must be defended against nationalism if Europe is to have an efficient and cooperative research infrastructure, according to European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Poto?nik.

Commission seeks end to EU-27 ‘research labyrinth’

The EU executive is calling on member states to take seriously its recent call for joint priority-setting and joint action on science and research policy and implement a coherent EU framework for scientific cooperation with non-EU countries if it is to remain a leading actor, particularly in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).

EU nations urged to pool public research budgets

The European Commission wants member states to pool together their money and brains to conduct joint research on major societal challenges such as ageing and energy security, saying purely individual efforts on such vast topics waste resources.

Researchers’ ‘Facebook’ launched

A new global Facebook-like community for researchers aims to promote cross-sectoral linkages between researchers and their projects and allow instant peer-reviewing of scientific research to help pave the way towards innovative solutions to global challenges.

Commission backs pan-EU pension schemes for researchers

After EU leaders agreed at the Spring Summit to step up efforts to improve working conditions for researchers, the Commission has presented upgraded plans to boost researchers' mobility, including pan-EU pension schemes targeted at researchers.

EU countries unenthusiastic about R&D cooperation

Despite repeated political declarations, EU nations are in fact unwilling to accept too much coordination of their national R&D programmes, according to the final results of the consultation on the future of the European Research Area (ERA).

Ministers seek new vision for European Research Area

Nearly ten years after the European Research Area concept was launched, EU countries and the Commission have agreed to launch yet another process to overcome the fragmentation of research activities, programmes and policies across Europe.

Summit backs ‘fifth freedom’ for EU scientists

EU leaders gathered in Brussels last week agreed to step up efforts to improve working conditions for researchers and increase knowledge transfer between universities and business as a way to reverse the 'brain drain' of European talent.

Member states still hesitant to welcome foreign researchers

Only Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Romania have implemented the researchers' visa directive before the deadline. The other 19 member states could now be taken to the European Court of Justice for failing to grant third-country nationals entry to their territory to carry out scientific research.

ERA: Commission ‘should facilitate, not regulate’

Preliminary results of a broad consultation on the future of the European Research Area (ERA) show that scientists prefer voluntary cooperation, networking and exchange of best practice to binding legislative action at European level.

‘Commission’s view on European research too narrow’

Too much focus is being placed on increasing top-down co-ordination of research activities and centrally managed networks, according to the first responses to a Commission consultation on the European Research Area (ERA).

Technology platforms’ visions need to be implemented at national level

As the strategic research agendas delivered by the industry-led technology platforms enter the implementation phase within FP7, the challenge is now to align national, regional and international research activities with these research priorities.

European Research Area ‘relaunched’

The European Research Area (ERA) has yet to achieve its full potential as to mobility of researchers, smooth business to academia co-operation, co-ordination of national and regional funding and better exploitation of research results, the Commission has acknowledged.

Review of European research area under way

After seven years of building the European Research Area (ERA), Research Commissioner Janez Poto?nik is set to launch a review of how the EU's internal science and research market is operating.

EU research facilities to pool international talent

An EU forum has identified 35 projects for building large-scale European research infrastructures. These facilities are expected to become international 'talent and foreign brains' pools.

Fewer than one in three EU scientists female

Statistics for the year 2004 show that more than half of the science and technology workforce is female but that actual scientists and engineers continue to be predominantly male.

Cultural differences hamper transnational research co-operation

Stakeholder consultation reveals three major obstacles for transnational research collaboration: cultural and regulatory differences and difficulties in finding partners.

COST adapts to face future scientific challenges

COST, the oldest intergovernmental framework promoting co-operation among researchers across Europe, has undergone reforms in order to improve its contribution to the building of the European Research Area (ERA).

Poto?nik wants better public access to research results

A study examining the state of the art of scientific publication in Europe recommends improving access to results of publicly-funded research to maximise societal returns on R&D investments.

Researchers take centre stage on 23 September

A pan-European 'Researchers' Night' on 23 September aims to make people re-think research and what it means in today's society. 

Poto?nik wants European labour market for researchers

In a conference on the European Charter for Researchers and a Code of conduct for their recruitment, Janez Poto?nik called on member states and researchers to actively implement these agreements.

Trendchart: why Europe is unable to compete with US

The 2005 Trendchart on Innovation, which was commissioned by DG Enterprise, paints a gloomy picture of the EU's competitiveness.