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Latest news about research policy in the European Union.

Chief Operating Officer, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency 16 November 2017, 17:57 CET
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has set up a selection procedure that aims to establish a reserve list for a Chief Operating Officer.

Procurement Officer, European Agency for the operational management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice 14 November 2017, 18:03 CET
eu-LISA, the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice is looking to recruit a Procurement Officer.

MedTech Europe: Brexit deal must ensure continued access to needed medtech 09 November 2017, 18:37 CET
MedTech Europe, the trade association representing the medical technology industry, wants negotiators to be highly sensitive to the impact of Brexit to patients and the SME-based medical technology industry. The association calls for effective arrangements that will mitigate potential risks to patients’ access or to the competitiveness of the sector on both sides of the channel.

Paris is Europe's most innovative city 2017 07 November 2017, 23:16 CET
The city of Paris was awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation Tuesday, with a prize of EUR 1,000,000 granted under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Horizon 2020 Work Programme from 2018 to 2020 29 October 2017, 23:47 CET
The European Commission announced on 27 October how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.

EUR 30bn earmarked for EU research projects 2018-2020 29 October 2017, 23:52 CET
The EU announced its work programme for research and innovation funding over the period 2018-2020 Friday, with EUR 30 billion earmarked for supporting scientific excellence under Horizon 2020.

Opposition to Monsanto bio-piracy patent on soybeans rejected 12 October 2017, 14:11 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) rejected on 11 October the opposition filed by 'No Patents on Seeds!' against the Monsanto patent EP 2134870.

Standard Essential Patents and the Quest for Faster Diffusion of Technology 05 October 2017, 14:03 CET
Standard-essential patents (SEPs) have been critical to the ICT revolution. SEPs have allowed for the fast rates of innovation diffusion that the world has witnessed in the past 25 years. Yet the SEP system is under pressure. It suffers from a smoldering crisis of confidence as costly legal disputes across several international jurisdictions have caused unpredictable frictions in the markets for standardized technologies. Regulators in several parts of the world are now considering actions that seek to overcome obscurities in the SEP system. Asymmetric information is at the very heart of current problems in the market for SEPs, and all too often resembles a market dominated by a “confusopoly” with little transparency about products, quality and prices. In this paper, we will discuss ideas and concepts for what could be done to maintain a balanced and trusted system that supports technological innovation and at the same time conforms to economic efficiency.

EC fintech consultation response: New technology, but same rules must apply 21 September 2017, 23:50 CET
Insurance Europe responded to the European Commission’s consultation on "Fintech: a more competitive and innovative European financial sector".

Innovation focus for EU's new industrial strategy 19 September 2017, 20:41 CET
A 'smart, innovative and sustainable industry' is the goal of the EU's new industrial strategy, launched by the European Commission Monday in the wake of last week's 'state of the Union' address.

London Info International 2017 (London, from 05 December 2017, 09:00 CET to 06 December 2017, 17:00 CET) —
London Info International 2017 is more than just another conference; it is an independent platform that enables discussions, engages communities, shares knowledge and drives change with influencers, users and providers of information across all disciplines.

EU looks to develop supercomputers in Europe 09 August 2017, 23:43 CET
The EU Commission has launched a consultation calling for opinions on the future development of supercomputing, aiming to create a European initiative on high performance computing.

BarTender® Named a Top Logistics Technology Solution Provider 25 July 2017, 11:44 CET
Seagull Scientific announced today that CIO Applications magazine has selected Seagull's BarTender® software for the publication's prestigious list of the top 25 logistics technology solutions providers.

Still no solution regarding patents on plants and animals 29 June 2017, 23:30 CET
The 38 Contracting States of the European Patent Office (EPO) at their meeting in The Hague decided to strengthen prohibitions in European patent law in regard to the breeding of plants and animals.

Europe still playing catch-up on innovation: report 21 June 2017, 00:26 CET
The European Union is catching up with Canada and the US in terms of innovation performance, but the picture among Member States is more mixed, with innovation improving in 15 out of 28 states last year.

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:

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.

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.