EU actions

The EU Commission, Council and Parliament are all involved in developing policies on nanotechnologies, based on an "integrated, safe and responsible approach".

Major efforts are needed to ensure nanotechnologies benefit society without harming consumers, workers or the environment, and to encourage innovation. Trade unions, employers and the public expect strong action from the EU in this regard.

EU actions cover:

  • R&D and innovation:
    • support for scientific discoveries and their translation into useful applications
    • creation of multidisciplinary research and innovation networks across Europe
    • mobility and training of researchers

  • protection of health, safety and the environment
  • regulatory development
  • impact on society
  • international cooperation

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