About: R&D

Letters reveal Parliament split ahead of European Defence Fund vote

Ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote on the European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (17 April), MEPs are at odds over the issue of parliamentary scrutiny, internal communication seen by EURACTIV suggests.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Return of the JEDI: European disruptive technology initiative ready to launch

When French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the creation of a European innovation body modelled on the US DARPA last September, few believed it possible. But the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) is taking shape.
Global Europe 29-02-2016

Stitching up the EU-Japan Trade Deal

After thirteen negotiating rounds, the ambitious target of finalising the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement has now been set. The textile and fashion sector gives an example of what can be gained, writes Isabelle Weiler.
Energy 24-11-2015

For an ambitious, inspiring and truly European Energy Union

Can energy policy hold the European Union together? Christophe Schramm and Antoine Guillou believe it can.
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Making History: EUREKA 30 Years!

EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation focused on mobilising funds and fostering collaboration for the benefit of near-market projects across all fields of civilian technology. Over the last three decades, it has been responsible for bringing together SMEs, large companies, research institutes and universities to advance the state of technology in Europe for economic benefit. More than 40 countries now hold EUREKA membership, and a number of nations outside of the continent – South Korea, Canada and South Africa – are also included as associate countries.

Baden-Württemberg leads EU in innovation

Within the EU, Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg is the region with the strongest innovative capacity, with no other European region investing as much economic output in research and development. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Investing in the future of health
Health 04-12-2014

Investing in the future of health

In a bid to highlight the important yet highly delicate nature of Europe’s innovative industries, a new report, produced by the Deloitte Health Economics Group and commissioned by Janssen, has sought to evaluate the comparable risks incurred across five major industries.

Berlin launches dialogue to boost pharma research

The German government initiated plans on Monday (15 September) to strengthen the country’s attractiveness for pharmaceutical research and development, but the Left Party warns it is likely to become an "image campaign" for pharmaceutical giants. EURACTIV.de reports.
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Aviation 01-08-2014

Cleaner and Quieter Aviation: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long aerospace and defense trade exhibition. The airshow took place between 14 and 20 July and saw 72 billion dollars of orders announced.
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Economy & Jobs 21-05-2014

Commission launches new state aid rules for R&D

The European Commission adopted on Wednesday new rules that hope to facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, development and innovation activities.

EU, Russia must cooperate more to deliver on R&D

On 25 November the European Union and the Russian Federation will officially launch the EU-Russia year of science 2014 in Moscow. The current state of the research cooperation infrastructure needs uplifting to deliver effective results, writes Denis Maksimov.

Academic autonomy is what makes Swiss excel in research

The high quality of academic research in Switzerland, recognised at the highest levels of the European Research Commission, is largely due to the open manner in which it is organised, says Patrick Aebischer. 

The world innovation landscape: Asia rising?

Europe needs to boost its innovation capacity if it wants to keep its seat at the global innovation table. Although this is a call to all European countries, it holds especially for large yet low-innovating countries such as Italy, writes Reinhilde Veugelers.

National, EU spending cuts create innovation divide in Europe

Without more private R&D spending, Spain, Italy and others in the south may continue to lag as national governments and the EU are slashing money earmarked for research and innovation. Critics of government cuts say these risks are creating a vicious circle, discouraging business. 

Europe lags behind US and Japan on innovation

Once again Europe is trailing the United States, Japan and South Korea when it comes to boosting innovation and meeting EU targets of devoting 3% of GDP to research and development.

The urgent need to invest in key sectors of European economy

Coordinated private, public and consciously European investment in research and infrastructure is needed to boost economic competitiveness, something which can be partly achieved via the EU budget, argues Dominique Ristori, an official at the European Commission.

R&D chief sounds innovation emergency bell

R&D investments in Europe were less affected by the crisis than in the US but EU firms are lagging behind their rivals in key sectors for innovation, the European Commission warned on Tuesday (26 October).
Climate change 16-07-2010

Affordable green energy

Funding green technology research to bring down the cost of green energy is the most realistic way of fighting climate change, writes Bjørn Lomborg, author of The Sceptical Environmentalist and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School.
Central Europe 04-06-2010

Czechs vie for top in Eastern European R&D league

Most East European EU countries are set to adopt national targets for research and development below the EU-wide goal of spending 3% of GDP on R&D by 2020. Only the Czech Republic appears ready to accept a national target at almost that level, according to a round-up by the EURACTIV network.
Regional Policy 03-06-2010

Czechs ready to spend 3% of GDP on R&D

Applying the EU's target of raising investment in R&D to 3% of GDP by 2020 is seen in the Czech Republic as attainable, even at national level. Surprisingly, the caretaker government proposed a 2.7% national target, higher than the more modest 2.3% proposed by the European Commission. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Central Europe 01-06-2010

Slovakia calls for its own R&D target

The Slovak government has set itself the goal of investing 1.8% of its budget for GDP in research and development (R&D) by 2015. This target, smaller than 3% target for the EU as a whole by 2020, is still to be negotiated. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Central Europe 01-06-2010

Poland questions merits of EU ‘research target’

Polish politicians are questioning the merits of the EU's aim to increase investment in research and development (R&D) to 3% of GDP in the EU as a whole by 2020, but the issue could at least raise awareness of the fact that the country is lagging behind in innovation. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Research in bad shape in France

Investing 3% of GDP in research and development (R&D) – one of the targets of the EU’s 'Europe 2020' strategy – is badly needed in France but there is little chance of this goal being met in the next decade, especially at a time of crisis. EURACTIV France reports.
Central Europe 28-05-2010

Bulgaria to ask for derogation from R&D target

Bulgaria will try to reduce the target of investing 3% of GDP in research and development (R&D) established by the 'Europe 2020' strategy – or at least the impoverished country will aim to sharply reduce its national share, writes Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner publication in Bulgaria.

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