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As the EU celebrates reaching 60, research seen as central to its future
EU leaders stressed the importance of technology and innovation in a birthday declaration signed in Rome. Now there is optimistic talk of €100B for the next Framework programme, but Brexit could be a dampener
Call for European Research Council budget to double to €4B per annum
Amid the 10th birthday celebrations, ERC president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon set down a marker for the future, suggesting the annual budget should rise to €4 billion over the next ten years.
Bidding war for European Medicines Agency intensifies as Article 50 trigger looms
The competition among cities vying to replace London as home of the drug regulator is hotting up. A decision on the new location could be announced before June
EU Research Commissioner sees ‘opportunities’ after Trump science cuts
‘This is the moment that if I was an investor I would double my bet on Europe,’ says Moedas, on the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council
Trump slays science budget
Whopping cuts unveiled in budget proposal undermine United States’ leadership in science and technology
EU study finds ‘strong’ case for European Innovation Council vision
New analysis suggests that greater investment in ‘market-creating’ companies – of the kind proposed by EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas – can deliver the productivity growth which is eluding Europe
US companies call for UK to maintain freedom of movement
They invested £487B in the UK in 2015. Now US multinationals are prepared to relocate operations and staff to stay within the single market. The message to the UK government is clear: a hard Brexit will jeopardise investment
R&D in the East: Enthusiasm goes a long way in Slovenia
Hour-for-hour, they are paid 4 – 5 time less than counterparts in western Europe. But scientists in Slovenia are determined to make up for a lack of government funding and the structural disadvantages facing the country’s research and innovation system
China’s global patents filings jump 45% in one year
Tech giants in China continue to surge forward with new inventions, leaving the country poised to outpace US and Japan within the next few years. European companies did not see the same rapid growth, but held on to their global share
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