About: Robert-Jan Smits

MEPs denounce EU funding of Israeli defence firms

MEPs have called for tighter controls on European financing of Israeli companies. Lax regulation currently allows weapons manufacturers access to EU funding. EURACTIV France reports
Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission [Photo: Lisbon Council's Flickr photostream]

EU innovation official: ‘Smart specialisation is not about central planning’

The European Commission is promoting a ‘smart specialisation’ strategy for innovation where regions focus efforts and spending on their strengths rather than spread investments too thinly. But the hardest part is what to drop, says Robert-Jan Smits.