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Brexit 26-10-2016

Robert Madelin: ‘We have to assume the hardest possible Brexit’

The EU treaty mentions a two-year deadline for a member state to conclude negotiations to leave the European Union. But it also foresees possible extensions, opening the way for a follow-on process, says Robert Madelin, who just left the EU executive.
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.

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