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Latest news about research policy in the European Union.

Liaison Officer, European Molecular Biology Laboratory 25 April 2017, 12:58 CET
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory site in Grenoble, France is recruiting a Liaison Officer to join the administration team reporting to the Head of Administration.

Stop patents on bread and beer now! 10 April 2017, 17:50 CET
Patents claiming wheat, flour and bread, or tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber as inventions of industry - these are just a few examples of patent applications that were filed in 2016.

UK BioIndustry Association statement in response to Prime Minister triggering Article 50 30 March 2017, 13:35 CET
In response to the Prime Minister's triggering of Article 50 today, BIA CEO, Steve Bates OBE, said:

Public consultation on FinTech 23 March 2017, 22:41 CET
As part of its Consumer Financial Services Action Plan, launched 23 March, the EU Commission has published a consultation on technology and its impact on the European financial services sector (‘FinTech') to spur its work in this area.

Invasive Alien Species Europe app 27 February 2017, 17:28 CET
Invasive Alien Species in Europe app aims to enable the general public (amateurs and professionals) to receive and share information about Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Europe. It provides details about 37 difference IAS that are considered to be of interest to the complete European Union. Users can record pictures of possible Invasive Alien Species together with complementary information about their observation.

Concerns raised over European Parliament robotics report 16 February 2017, 22:29 CET
Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote today to approve its legal affairs committee report on civil law rules on robotics, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, said:

MEPs call for code of ethics for robots 12 January 2017, 20:09 CET
MEPs called Thursday for EU-wide rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

EuroNano Forum 2017 (Valletta, Malta, from 21 June 2017, 00:00 CET to 23 June 2017, 00:00 CET) —
The EU-funded EuroNano Forum (ENF2017), organised by the upcoming Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will take place in Valletta, Malta, from 21 to 23 June 2017.

EU Commission says plants and animals derived from conventional breeding should be regarded as non-patentable 03 November 2016, 23:36 CET
In a long awaited explanatory statement, the EU Commission takes the view that plants and animals that are obtained by means of “essentially biological” breeding are non-patentable. This statement is in strong contradiction to the current practice of the European Patent Office (EPO), which has already granted more than 100 patents on conventional breeding, e.g. on tomatoes and broccoli.

Proposal for a new EU space policy 27 October 2016, 00:50 CET
The European Commission made a proposal for a new space policy on 26 October,with the aim of fostering new services and promoting Europe's leadership in space.

New study shows intellectual property is good for the European economy 25 October 2016, 22:20 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, wages and trade.

Mediterranean research partnership to increase food and water sustainability 19 October 2016, 23:01 CET
The Commission presented Wednesday a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) with the aim of developing novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.

EU Court rules out loophole on animal testing 22 September 2016, 13:32 CET
EU law protects the EU market from cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals, the EU's top court ruled Wednesday, wherever that testing may have been conducted.

European Biomass Conference 2017 (Stockholm, from 12 June 2017, 00:00 CET to 15 June 2017, 00:00 CET) —
The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition will celebrate its 25th edition in Stockholm from 12 to 15 June 2017.

Latvia tops Europe's innovation scoreboard 14 July 2016, 23:02 CET
EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, with Latvia the fastest growing innovator, according to the Commission's 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard released Thursday.

Trade secrets directive to protect innovation in Europe 31 May 2016, 10:46 CET
New EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets were agreed by EU ministers Friday, the aim being to protect innovation and creation in Europe.

EU pilot scheme to break regulatory barriers to innovation 27 May 2016, 11:43 CET
The European Commission issued calls for expressions of interest on Thursday from projects contributing to EU plans on the circular economy, in a pilot scheme to break down regulatory barriers to innovation.

EU trade mark applications continue upward rise 26 April 2016, 23:00 CET
Applications for European Union trade marks continued their upward rise in 2015, with Germany leading the way from the Member States, and Paris from the regions. Almost 90,000 EU trade mark applications were received from the Member States in 2015.

EU earmarks EUR 8.7m funding for innovative businesses 21 April 2016, 16:32 CET
189 smaller European businesses are to benefit from a total of EUR 8.7 million of funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020 research funding for SMEs, the European Commission announced Thursday

EU scientists to benefit from 'European cloud' 19 April 2016, 19:10 CET
A new 'European cloud', unveiled by EU Science Commissioner Carlos Moedas, is to give Europe's researchers and scientists a new virtual environment to help them reap the benefits of a revolution in 'big data'.

Mobilisation for start of mass opposition against patent on tomatoes 13 April 2016, 21:12 CET
This week, a European-wide coalition is starting a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional breeding. We will be mobilising thousands of people within the time period of the opposition lasting until 12 May. The organisations taking part in this action will also be raising the pressure on European politicians to take measures against patents on plants and animals.

Automotive and telecom industries set joint priorities for connected and automated cars 24 February 2016, 23:38 CET
In order to facilitate the uptake of automated and connected driving in the near future, the European automotive and telecom sectors have identified three priority areas for further cooperation at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Evaluation of 7th Framework Programme for Research 25 January 2016, 22:06 CET
The European Commission has published its ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the EU's research funding programme between 2007 and 2013.

Almost 8 million ICT specialists employed in the EU in 2014 21 January 2016, 18:44 CET
In the European Union, nearly 8 million people were employed in 2014 as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specialists, representing 3.7% of total employment. Over recent years, both the number and the share of ICT specialists in total employment have continuously increased to better adapt to an ever digitalised world. However, almost 40 per cent of enterprises with at least 10 people employed which recruited or tried to recruit personnel for jobs requiring ICT specialist skills had hard-to-fill vacancies in 2014.

European Parliament calling for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to be stopped 17 December 2015, 22:15 CET
In a resolution backed by a large majority of its members, the European Parliament has taken a clear position against granting patents on plants derived from conventional ("essentially biological") breeding.