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The European Commission yesterday presented a Green Paper entitled ‘From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding’ that seeks to launch a public debate on the key issues to be taken into account for future EU research and innovation funding programmes. In sum, the Green Paper proposes a number of alterations to EU research and innovation funding to facilitate easier participation, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money.


It stresses the need for Europe to meet the challenge of retaining and reinforcing its competitive position in the face of globalisation.  In the context of the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU has set itself the objective of increasing spending on research and development to reach 3 percent GDP by 2020. The Innovation Union flagship initiative, alongside the Treaties, advocate a strategic and integrated approach to research and innovation and sets the framework and objectives to which future EU research and innovation funding should contribute. The Green Paper also embraces objectives set forth by the Council that, for example, called for future EU funding programmes to focus more on the priorities of Europe 2020 and advocated a Common Strategic Framework. The green paper also incorporates conclusions from the budget review which stressed a number of key principles which should underpin the future EU budget including the need to focus on instruments with proven European added value. The Green Paper identifies key questions on how to achieve these ambitious objectives.


The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals including business, government and civil society communities, citizens and organisations on these proposed changes and on the specific questions set out in the Green Paper. The deadline for contributions is Friday 20 May 2011.