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Press 2006

Tax incentives: Commission promotes an effective use of tax incentives for R&D

IP/06/1598
2006-11-22

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the more effective use of tax incentives in favour of R&D in order to boost R&D investments and enhance job creation and economic growth in Europe. The Communication clarifies the legal conditions arising from EU case law and sets out some basic principles and good practices for the design of tax incentives for R&D. It encourages Member States to improve the use and coordination of tax incentives on specific R&D issues.

State aid: Commission adopts new state aid Framework for Research, Development and Innovation

IP/06/1600
2006-11-22

The European Commission has adopted a new Framework to clarify to Member States how best they can give state aid to not only research and development but also innovation projects, without infringing EC Treaty state aid rules. This new Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) Framework will help Member States wishing to use state aid as a complementary instrument to boost Research, Development and Innovation. The Framework sets out a series of guidelines for specific types of state aid measures – such as aid for R&D projects, aid to young innovative enterprises and aid to innovation clusters – that could encourage additional R&D&I investments by private firms, thus stimulating growth and employment and improving Europe’s competitiveness. These guidelines allow individual Member States to tailor aid measures to particular situations, subject to the overall test that the aid must address a defined market failure, must be well designed and that the identified benefits must outweigh the distortions to competition resulting from the aid. The new Framework is due to apply from 1st January 2007.

EU Forum unveils strategic roadmap for European Research infrastructures

IP/06/1431
2006-10-19

Today the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the first ever European Roadmap for Research infrastructures. The document presents 35 large-scale research infrastructures projects, identified by ESFRI as being of key importance for the development of science and innovation in Europe. The Roadmap will allow a common European approach to the development of such facilities, support the definition of priorities and aid the pooling of the significant financial resources needed for their development. Research infrastructures are large-scale facilities, major pieces of research equipment, sets of instruments, databases and networks that aid scientists in their work. Examples of such facilities in the Roadmap include large-scale laser systems, deep sea floor observatories, bio-banks and the European Extremely Large Telescope.

Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels

12254/06
2006-09-25

The European Commission today proposed a legal framework that will make it easier to set up European Research Infrastructures, such as observatories for environmental sciences, data banks in genomics or state of the art large super computers. The proposal was made in response to requests from Member States, who wish to jointly develop world-class research facilities in Europe.

Commission invited business leaders to Brussels to discuss the European Institute of Technology and the Role of the Business Sector in Education, Science and Innovation in Europe

IP/06/1164
2006-09-08

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the more effective use of tax incentives in favour of R&D in order to boost R&D investments and enhance job creation and economic growth in Europe. The Communication clarifies the legal conditions arising from EU case law and sets out some basic principles and good practices for the design of tax incentives for R&D. It encourages Member States to improve the use and coordination of tax incentives on specific R&D issues.

The Commission details its plan for a European Institute of Technology

IP/06/751
2006-08-06

Following a wide-ranging consultation of stakeholders and Member States, the Commission today adopted a new Communication fleshing out its plan for the establishment of a European Institute of Technology (EIT). Much progress has been made since the Spring European Council (March 2006) invited the Commission to continue developing its proposal to create a European Institute of Technology [1] - a flagship project for excellence in higher education, research and innovation. Responding to the request of the Heads of State and Government in March, the Communication both clarifies its proposal and identifies issues that must be addressed next. The aim is to focus the ongoing consultation and debate in the coming months and prepare a formal proposal towards the end of the year.

Competitiveness Council

9334/06
2006-07-24

Europe needs modernised universities, says European Commission

IP/06/592
2006-05-10

The European Commission has today taken a position on how best to modernise Europe’s universities. This is fundamentally important for them to make their contribution to the EU’s objective to become a leading global and knowledge-based economy. European universities have enormous potential, much of which unfortunately goes untapped because of various rigidities and hindrances. Freeing up the substantial reservoir of knowledge, talent and energy requires immediate, in-depth and coordinated change: from the way in which systems are regulated and managed, to the ways in which universities are governed. The Commission’s ideas are presented in a Communication adopted today which covers all activities of Europe’s universities: their delivery of education, their research activities, and their potential as drivers of innovation. This text responds to a request made at the informal meeting of the European Council in Hampton Court in October 2005 to identify areas for action on universities that can be used to drive forward the Growth and Jobs agenda.

Experts propose measures to increase the role of philanthropy in research

IP/06/123
2006-02-06

Philanthropy – as provided by foundations, trusts and charities, for example – can play an important role in raising funds for research, but the potential has not been examined or used properly at European level. So says an expert group set up by the European Commission, which has released its report “Giving More for Research in Europe”. The experts found that too little attention is given to the role of foundations and other philanthropic bodies in research, and makes recommendations as to how this could be increased, including through a better tax and regulatory environment, targeted donation campaigns and better mechanisms for attracting such funds to research. This report follows on from the Action Plan for More Research and Innovation adopted by the Commission in October 2005, which proposed national and European action to mobilise sources of funding for European research and innovation. The report will be discussed at a conference on 27-28 March.

Independent expert group urges Europe’s leaders to take radical action on research and innovation “before it is too late”

IP/06/58
2006-01-20

In a final report submitted to the European Commission today, an independent Expert Group has called for a Pact for Research and Innovation to be signed by political, business and social leaders to show their commitment to creating an Innovative Europe. The experts state that current trends are unsustainable in the face of global competition. Therefore a new vision is needed to address a series of productivity and social challenges faced by Europe. The group was set up by the European Commission following the European Council held at Hampton Court in October 2005 and asked to advise on ways of boosting the EU’s research and innovation performance.

Frequently Asked Questions about European Technology Platforms

MEMO/06/464
2006-12-06

President Barroso will today address leaders of European Technology Platforms. This background note answers some frequently asked questions about ETPs. A list of all ETPs currently in existence is attached.

Tomorrow’s answers start today with the Seventh Research Framework Programme

MEMO/06/444
2006-11-23

The European Union puts considerable emphasis on the need to invest more in research. By increasing our knowledge base, Europe will be more able to address its challenges for the future such as climate change, energy security or the ageing population. Increased emphasis on industrial research and innovation will lead to new products and services that will boost Europe’s international competitiveness. The EU has responded to the increased need for coordinated and focussed research with the Seventh Research Framework Programme, due to be voted by the European Parliament on 30 November, for final adoption by the Council of Ministers on 5 December. The European Commission is making available information to help guide the press through this comprehensive programme, the biggest yet at European level.

European Research Infrastructures – 35 projects identified

MEMO/06/384
2006-10-19

The ESFRI roadmap (see IP/06/1431) identifies 35 large-scale infrastructure projects at various stages of development. This Memo gives brief details of the projects concerned. The full text of the roadmap, which contains longer descriptions of the projects can be found at: http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/home.html

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 25 September 2006

MEMO/06/343
2006-09-25

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 25 September under the chairmanship of Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish Minister of Trade and Industry. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research and Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions : new steps towards a European Institute of Technology

MEMO/06/343
2006-09-25

In a Communication to the European Council adopted on 22 February, the Commission proposed to set up a new flagship for excellence in higher education, research and innovation: the European Institute of Technology. Originally put forward in 2005 as part of the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy, the idea is further developed in a new Communication to the European Council adopted today. This is based on a wide consultation with Member States and stakeholders and responds to the invitation in the Spring Council conclusions to outline the next steps on the EIT.

Competitiveness Council, 24 July 2006

MEMO/06/301
2006-07-24

The Competitiveness Council will meet in extraordinary session on 24 July 2006 in Brussels, under the Chairmanship of Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish minister for Trade and Industry. The Commission will be represented by Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik. There is only one agenda item. The meeting starts at 11.00, and a press conference is provisionally scheduled by the Council for 13.00. The meeting will be broadcast as a web stream on the Council website.

Informal Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Jyväskylä

MEMO/06/270
2006-07-10/11

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Jyväskylä on Monday 11 and Tuesday 11 July under the chairmanship of Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish Minister of Trade and Industry. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, and Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services and Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research Policy.

Informal Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Graz

MEMO/06/165
2006-04-20

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Graz on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor and Minister Hubert Gorbach, Austrian Federal Minister for Economics and Labour Mr Bartenstein, Austrian Research Minister, Mrs Elisabeth Gehrer. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research, Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition Policy, and Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services.

Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels

MEMO/06/117
2006-03-13

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 13 March at 9.30 under the chairmanship of Austrian Federal Minister for Economics and Labour Mr Bartenstein and Austrian Research Minister, Mrs Elisabeth Gehrer. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research and Laszlo Kovacs, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union.