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Research DG wants feedback on policy plans

The Research Directorate General is now actively inviting the scientific
community's opinion on Research Commissioner, Phillip Busquin's ideas for a 'European research area'.

The European Commission adopted Commissioner Busquin's communication for a revitalised research strat...
The Research Directorate General is now actively inviting the scientific
community's opinion on Research Commissioner, Phillip Busquin's ideas for a 'European research area'.

The European Commission adopted Commissioner Busquin's communication for a revitalised research strategy in Europe earlier this year (as reported by CORDIS News, RCN 14195). At the time, the Commissioner emphasised his wish for feedback on his plans from the research community and the public in general.

Now, the Commission has put together a series of questions, which are available on the Web at:

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/area/questions_en.html

Specifically, the Commission is inviting responses to the following questions:

- Mr. Busquin's communication argues that national public research efforts are too "compartmentalised" between Member States, lacking coherence and integration. Is this true? Do you have you personal experience of such compartmentalisation? Do you believe it is time for Europe to have a true European research policy?

- Why do European firms spend so much less on R&D than US firms? What can public authorities do to stimulate private R&D investments?

- The communication on a European Research Area highlights the lack of mobility for researchers in Europe. Have you experienced problems of moving between countries in the European Union as a researcher? What are the main obstacles to the mobility of researchers?

- How can we measure success in R&D? What are indicators of a successful R&D policy?

- Should public R&D money be concentrated on areas which the private sector will not cover, for example fundamental research, or should public R&D spending be oriented towards obtaining clear results?

Source: European Commission, Research DG

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