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The European Commission is well into the planning phase for the next two years of Horizon 2020. Laura Greenhalgh brings you her analysis of the preliminary outlines of the 2016-17 work programmes. Whilst pillar one remains relatively similar to 2014-15, many areas under pillars two and three have a change in priorities, including three new focus areas (see article in Research Europe). The plans are still to be finalised into official work programmes, but they give a good indication of where Horizon 2020 is heading. Here’s what’s in store! Pillar 1 – Excellent Science European Research Council Future and Emerging Technologies Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Actions Research infrastructure Pillar II – Industrial Leadership Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - ICT Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Nanotech, materials and processing Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Space Access to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Research Blogs
Reluctance to engage with the British conservatives in a debate over EU reform could represent a missed opportunity, for Europe and for science. Last week, I attended a conference in London hosted by the think tank Open Europe. Billed as a Pan-European conference for EU reform, the event was dominated by conservative ministers from the UK and a handful from other EU member states. The event began with a speech from UK chancellor George Osborne that epitomised the black and white nature under which the discussion on reform was initiated last January: “Reform, or we’re out,” he implied. But beyond this, I observed a nuanced debate between pro-reformers about the benefits and constraints of the EU and how it might do things better, with the majority supporting the UK staying in the EU. To set things straight: I am not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Research Blogs
Amid allegations of bribery and threats of legal action against the European Commission, the controversy surrounding the former EU health commissioner from Malta, John Dalli, has become an unwelcome distraction for budget discussions in Brussels. “Dalligate” began last week when, on Tuesday (16 October), the European Commission released an unexpected statement that: “Commissioner John Dalli has today announced his resignation as a member of the Commission, with immediate effect.” According to the statement, Dalli “decided to resign in order to be able to defend his reputation and that of the Commission”, following an investigation by the EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF. The Commission said the investigation found that a Maltese entrepreneur had approached a tobacco company, Swedish Match, to request payment in exchange for influence on tobacco legislation being prepared by Dalli. “The OLAF report did not find any conclusive evidence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Research Blogs
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