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Press 2008

Hubert Curien, architect of research in Europe

December 2008

A number of factors combined in creating a research-minded Europe: political will, economic necessity, and constraints within science itself. But they would have remained without consequence were it not for a series of ‘visionary' figures ready to act on them, one of the most prominent of whom was France's former research minister, Hubert Curien.

Ten major new EU research infrastructures welcomed by European Commission

IP/08/1913
2008-12-09

Infectious diseases, carbon dioxide management, natural disasters warning, space observation: there are among the top priorities areas where 10 new Pan-European Research Infrastructures will be set up. The European Commission is supporting this commitment as a key step in building the European Research Area and addressing the most important needs of society. This new wave of Research Infrastructures was unveiled today at the European Conference on Research Infrastructures 2008, jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), in Versailles. The roadmap will include ambitious projects such as high security labs for research on fatal human pathogens, cutting edge installations to test technologies for carbon dioxide capture and storage, state-of-the-art radars to study the Earth’s atmosphere, infrastructures to better understand the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and new generation telescopes for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy.

Commission proposes a legal framework for European Research Infrastructures

IP/08/1142
2008-07-15

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.

Public Research: Common problems need common solutions! Commission proposes to Member States to jointly address major societal challenges

IP/08/1140
2008-07-15

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.

Boosting a European Single Labour Market for Researchers: the Commission proposes a new partnership with Member States

IP/08/802
2008-05-27

In the Communication "Better careers and more mobility: a European Partnership for Researchers ", the European Commission seeks a partnership with Member States to ensure that the necessary human resources are available to sustain and enhance the contribution of science and technology to a knowledge-based European economy. Europe faces growing global competition for the best talents and demographic challenges. The aim of the partnership is to align and focus the efforts of individual Member States. Joint priority actions should make the EU a more attractive place for researchers, and allow researchers to be more mobile between countries, institutions, and between the academic and private sectors. Key areas for action are the systematic opening up of recruitment, meeting the social security and pension needs of mobile researchers, providing fair employment and working conditions, and ensuring that researchers have the right training and skills.

Help us make research in Europe more European, say researchers

IP/08/637
2008-04-24

Careers and mobility, international co-operation, research infrastructures, joint programming and knowledge sharing are today's main concerns of European research actors, according to a report just published by the European Commission. The report draws on over 1000 responses to a public consultation on the Green Paper "The European Research Area: New Perspectives" published in April 2007. The responses show strong overall support to further consolidate the European Research Area through new and more ambitious actions at all levels in the EU – regional, national and transnational.

European Commission nominates high-level advisory group on research and science

IP/08/565
2008-04-11

The European Commission announced today the names of 22 personalities who will make up the European Research Area Board (ERAB). These persons come from the fields of science, academia and business and will provide independent and authoritative advice to the European Commission on European research and science policy, whose objective is to realise a European Research Area.

Commission urges Member States and public research organisations to better convert knowledge into socio-economic benefits

IP/08/555
2008-04-10

The European Commission announced today the names of 22 personalities who will make up the European Research Area Board (ERAB). These persons come from the fields of science, academia and business and will provide independent and authoritative advice to the European Commission on European research and science policy, whose objective is to realise a European Research Area.

Ambitious launch of the next cycle of the renewed Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, 2008-2010: The strategy is working, but implementation of reforms must be more resolute

2008-03-14

The European Commission announced today the names of 22 personalities who will make up the European Research Area Board (ERAB). These persons come from the fields of science, academia and business and will provide independent and authoritative advice to the European Commission on European research and science policy, whose objective is to realise a European Research Area.

Putting Europe high on the global map of science and technology: Commission advocates new international strategy

IP/08/1395
2008/09/24

Today, the European Commission called on governments to jointly develop a strategy for international cooperation in science and technology. It proposed a strategic framework for jointly strengthening science and technology cooperation with non-EU countries, notably in the field of Information and Communication Technologies where Europe is a strong exporter. The Commission's objective is to contribute to sustainable development worldwide while at the same time improving Europe’s competitiveness in science and technology. The Commission invites Member States to define together, rather than in isolation, priority research and technology areas where a coherent EU effort would have more impact.

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 25/26 September 2008

MEMO/08/585
2008-09-25/26

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 September under the chairmanship of Luc Chatel, Secretary of State for consumption and industry European Affairs and Hervé Novelli, the French Minister of State for Trade, Craft Trades, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Tourism and Services. On Friday 26 September, the Space Council, a joint meeting of the Competitiveness Council and the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council, will be chaired jointly by Valérie Pécresse and Maria Van Der Hoeven, the Dutch Minister for the Economy and President-in-office of the ESA Council. Valérie Pécresse, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, will chair a meeting of the European research ministers on 26 September. The European Commission will be represented by, Vice President Gunter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Commissioner Charlie McCreevy responsible for the Internal Market and Services, Commissioner Janez Potocnik for Science and Research.

Commission proposes a legal framework for European Research Infrastructures – Q & A

MEMO/08/504
2008-07-15

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.

Public Research: Common problems need common solutions! Commission proposes to Member States to jointly address big societal challenges – Q & A

MEMO/08/503

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.

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 25 February 2008

MEMO/08/107
2008-02-25

The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 25 February under the chairmanship of Mr Andrej Vizjak, Minister for Economy of Slovenia. The European Commission will be represented by, Vice President Gunter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Commissioner Charlie McCreevy responsible for the Internal Market and Services, Commissioner Stravos Dimas, responsible for Environment, Commissioner Janez Potocnik for Science and Research, and Meglena Kuneva Commissioner for Consumer Protection.