BOURGUIGNON: EFSI RESULT
IS “VOTE OF CONFIDENCE”
The president of the European
Research Council, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, has
welcomed the result of talks on the European
Fund for Strategic Investments (ESFI).
The leader of the EU’s blue sky research funding body said the move not
to cut funding from the ERC demonstrated the importance of investing in
frontier research. Bourguignon also thanked European commissioners and
MEPs for “a constructive dialogue”.
In a statement, Bourguignon said: “This compromise concerning the
budget gives a clear sign that frontier research has an important role to
play in Europe and that its support will always be given proper
consideration. I would like to thank all parties involved for agreeing to
safeguard the ERC budget.”
Bourguignon concluded his
statement by adding that
safeguarding funding was
important to the future work
of the ERC.
“I see this decision as a
vote of confidence for the
ERC, whose fundamental
action is to select ambitious researchers on the basis of their most
innovative ideas. It will allow the ERC to pursue its mission to make
Europe more competitive and to enhance its capacity to attract top talent
from near and afar.”
Last week, trialogue negotiations concluded between the European
Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union
on the EFSI, with lawmakers deciding that €2.2bn would be drawn from
Horizon 2020 to the new fund, €500m lower than the Commission’s
original proposal. The budget of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions has
1 June 2015
TOMTOM CO-FOUNDER: “AIM
FOR RADICAL INNOVATION”
UNGARY: The INNOVEIT 2015 conference of
the European Institute of Innovation and
Technology has opened in the Hungarian
capital of Budapest.
In a press briefing attended by Horizon 2020 Projects, the chairman of the
EIT Governing Board, Peter Olesen, said the organisation was bringing
together business, education and research “to effectively innovate”.
One of the founders of TomTom, and now managing director of TomTom
Consumer, Corinne Vigreux, drew attention to the “extremely worrying”
situation facing Europe in light of the competition from Asia and the United
States. She said the continent was facing a “wake-up call” and it was
important “to aim for radical innovation”. Speaking to delegates in the first
plenary session, Vigreux added that
“Europe had lost some of its
Also discussed at the press briefing
was Horizon 2020, described by
Richard Pelly, director of RFP Advisory
Services and former chief executive
of the European Investment Fund, as a “breakthrough” and “something
that looks and feels different”. He said that the “EIT plays a significant role
in addressing fragmentation” and that a partnership between the public
and private sectors was important.
Also taking part in the first day of the conference was Tibor Navracsics,
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and
Birgitte Andersen, chief executive and co-creator of Big Innovation Centre.
The three-day event also sees the presentation of EIT Awards, which
recognises the success of European innovators.
5 May 2015
JUNCKER ENDORSES NEW
SCIENTIFIC GUIDANCE TOOL
RUSSELS: The European Commission has
announced details of a new tool for
independent scientific advice.
The development comes after European Commission President Jean-
Claude Juncker asked Carlos Moedas to reflect on possible ways to ensure
the Commission draws on the best scientific advice, complementing
existing in-house services and external expertise.
Juncker has now approved a recommendation by the European
Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation to set up a mechanism
for high quality, timely, independent scientific advice. The future instrument
will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close
relationship with national academies and other bodies, co-ordinated by a
high level group of independent scientists. Moedas has now been tasked
arrangement over the coming
commissioners and making the
most of effective co-operation
between Commission services.
Commenting, Moedas said: “In
combination with the forthcoming proposals on better regulation, the new
model for independent scientific advice will contribute to the Commission’s
continued pursuit of the best possible evidence-based policy. This will be
a significant step forward for an effective Commission that delivers for
citizens, and addresses the major societal challenges which Europe faces.”
The Commission says that whilst international experience shows that there
is no single model for providing such advice, the overall objective is to
ensure that scientific advice is independent of institutional or political
interests, bringing together evidence and insights from different disciplines
and approaches, and is transparent in nature.
14 May 2015
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