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Latest news about research and innovation policy in the European Union.

SESAR release 2011
The SESAR programme is the operational and technological answer to Europe’s air traffic management challenges. The aim of the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is to ensure the modernisation of the European air traffic management system by coordinating and concentrating all relevant research and development efforts in the European Union.

ORECCA project: Offshore Renewable Energy Conversion platforms - Coordination Action
ORECCA (Offshore Renewable Energy Conversion platforms - Coordination Action) aims to create a framework for knowledge sharing, and developing a research roadmap for activities in the context of offshore renewable energy.

Public consultation on the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020
The questionnaire is open to all interested stakeholders and aims at understanding if the proposed eHealth Action Plan objectives are in line with the aims, objectives and expectations of stakeholders. It further aims to examine if there are additional areas which require further development in the context of the action plan. The eHAP aims at Increasing awareness of the benefits and opportunities of eHealth and improve its legal certainty.

EURAXESS: Researchers in motion
EURAXESS is the EU Researcher's Mobility Portal. It features recent job vacancies and funding opportunities in the EU as well as sections on the rights of researchers and services provided to those on the move.

Patent Information News issue 1/2011
The first issue of 2011 of Patent Information News is now available on the EPO website. Patent Information News is a quarterly publication that informs European patent information users of new developments in the area. You can read about: the cooperative patent classification scheme of the EPO and USPTO, and other classification news; the new Japanese citations in the EPO's databases; news on EPO data; the new European Patent Register and Espacenet interfaces; and much more ...

Carbon capture and storage: NER 300 call
"NER 300" programme is the world's largest demonstration programme for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The NER 300 programme aims to fund at least 8 carbon capture and storage (CCS) and at least 34 innovative renewable energy demonstration projects. More than 150 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects have already been submitted.

Applying for a patent: the European route
The European Patent Office's "Guide for applicants" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.

EU Research and Innovation Management Plan 2011
In order to implement the European Commission’s work programme, each Commission department sets up its own work programme called the annual management plan. The Directorate General for Research and Innovation supports research and innovation through European Framework Programmes, coordinates and supports national and regional research and innovation programmes, contributes to the creation of the European Research Area by developing the conditions for researchers and knowledge to circulate freely and supports European organisations and researchers in their cooperation at the international level.

EU Information Society and Media Management Plan 2011
In order to implement the European Commission’s work programme, each Commission department sets up its own work programme called the annual management plan. The mission of the Directorate General for the Information Society and Media is to make every European digital by achieving the digital single market and reinforcing Europe's competitiveness by increasing investment in ICT research and innovation,

EPO Official Journal January 2011
The Official Journal of the EPO contains notices and information of a general character issued by the President of the European Patent Office, as well as any other information relevant to the EPC or its implementation.

European Innovation Scoreboard
The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. The European Innovation Scoreboard 2018 was released on 22 June 2018.

Innovation Scoreboard: EU innovation good but not great
Innovation performance continues to intensify in the EU thanks to progress made by its Member States but Europe continues to lag behind Japan and the US, according to the first edition of the new Innovation Union Scoreboard.

Modernising the European public procurement market - guide
Public procurement accounts for roughly 17 per cent of the EU’s GDP. In times of tight budgets and economic difficulties in many Member States, public procurement policy must ensure the most efficient use of public funds, with a view to supporting growth and job creation. This would require flexible and user-friendly tools that make transparent and competitive contract awards as easy as possible for European public authorities and their suppliers. With these objectives in mind, the European Commission has today launched a consultation. This open debate with interested parties will focus on the modernisation of the rules, tools and methods for public procurement to deliver better on these goals. The deadline for responses to the Green Paper is 18 April 2011.

EUREKA News Magazine
EUREKA promotes international, market-oriented research and innovation. The EUREKA news magazine gives an overview of the network's main activities.

Galileo midterm review - guide
The European Commission presented its midterm review on the development of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes Galileo and EGNOS. Recent progress in the development of Galileo, including the signature of four major contracts and the testing of the first four operational satellites, means that the satellite navigation system will deliver initial services in 2014.

Ministers move forward on EU patent
'At today's Competitiveness Council, 11 Member States stated their agreement to work to implement the European patent via the procedure of enhanced cooperation,' announced Belgian Minister for Enterprise and Simplification Vincent Van Quickenborne on 10 December. His words mark the beginning of the end of a decades-long impasse on the difficult issue of a single European patent.

Three new energy research infrastructures get green light
Three new European energy research infrastructures have been given the go-ahead by European research ministers and the European Commission. The announcement was made at the Infrastructures for Energy Research conference (ENERI 2010) in Brussels, Belgium on 29 and 30 November.

Europe in full throttle for e-services economy
Europe's revolution in the e-services economy is advancing strongly, with the video games industry playing a crucial role in its success, says a new report published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) on 18 November.

Overview of Competitiveness in 27 EU Member States
The Europe 2020 Strategy puts forward as a key priority for the Union the promotion of a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy. This Memo presents an abridged look at industrial competitiveness in all 27 EU Member States drawn from the report Member States competitiveness performance and policies. The main objective is to analyse industrial competitiveness across the Union and to present the policy measures Member States carry out to improve their competitiveness and, by implication, the competitiveness of Europe as a whole.

EU businesses post 2.6 pct drop in R&D spending
EU companies cut their research and development (R&D) investments by 2.6% in 2009, the new Industrial R&D Investments Scoreboard reveals. It is the first time that business R&D investments have fallen in a number of years.

EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2010
The European Commission's 2010 "EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard" shows that R&D investment by top EU companies fell by 2.6% in 2009, even though sales and profits fell much more, by 10.1% and 21.0% respectively. The fall in R&D investment by leading players in the US, at 5.1%, was twice as sharp as in the EU, but the worldwide reduction was lower, at 1.9%. Japanese firms maintained their level of investment. Companies based elsewhere in Asia - China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan - continued the high R&D growth seen in previous years. Japanese car maker Toyota is the world's biggest R&D investor (€6.8bn) for the second consecutive year. Three EU companies feature in the top ten: Volkswagen, the biggest investor based in Europe with €5.8bn, Nokia and Sanofi-Aventis. The Scoreboard covers the top 1400 companies worldwide.

Commission sets out EU approach to innovation
In a Communication presented on 6 October 2010, the European Commission maps out the road towards the Innovation Union, marking a new milestone for this flagship initiative launched as part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Innovation Union, turning ideas into jobs, green growth and social progress
The Innovation Union is key to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. It aims to improve conditions and access to finance for research and innovation in Europe, to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs.

Innovation Union - turning ideas into jobs, green growth and social progress - guide
The European Commission's "Innovation Union", tabled on 6 October, sets out a strategic approach to innovation, driven by the highest political level. The Innovation Union will focus Europe's efforts – and co-operation with third countries - on challenges like climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. It will use public sector intervention to stimulate the private sector and to remove bottlenecks which stop ideas reaching the market. These include lack of finance, fragmented research systems and markets, under-use of public procurement for innovation and slow standard setting. The Innovation Union is a "flagship" in the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Opportunity knocks ... for SMEs with language skills
This year's European Day of Languages highlights the potential and the challenges of multilingualism for the EU's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). First launched in 2001, this annual celebration of Europe's linguistic diversity will again translate into a broad range of events organised on and around 26 September.