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Research & Technology in the EU

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

CADDET - energy technologies research
The CADDET (centre for the analysis and dissemination of demonstrated energy technologies) initiative has launched a new web service comprising a one-stop-shop to information on sustainable energy technologies and projects. CADDET brings together the countries participating in the International Energy Agency (all 15 EU Member States, two acceding countries, and others), and the European Commission. Its aim is to provide the latest information on innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that have been applied in a commercial environment, and ultimately to promote their widespread uptake by the market. The new site allows users to search products, specifying individual technologies, countries or market sectors.

eCommunications - Networks and Services
Services or networks that transmit communications electronically, whether it is wireless or fixed, carrying data or voice, Internet based or circuit switched, broadcasting or personal communication are all covered by a set of EU rules that became applicable on 25 July 2003. The legal framework is aimed at developing and reinforcing the single market, promoting competition and safeguarding public and user interests in the electronic communications sector.

CIP – Innovation and entrepreneurship, ICT and intelligent energy
CIP is a programme for SMEs bringing together several existing EU activities that support competitiveness and innovation The new CIP programme has a budget of EUR 3.621 billion, from 2007-2013. On an annual basis this represents an increase of 60% compared to 2006 under the various equivalent predecessor programmes. It is estimated, that more than 350.000 enterprises will benefit from the new Financial Instruments under CIP.

EU Influenza Research
As news reaches the public about the spread of H5N1 'avian' influenza virus from Asia to Europe and Africa, it raises some questions. What is the difference between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza? Is Europe prepared for a pandemic? What are scientists and, especially, EU-funded projects doing to help? This website presents current EU-funded flu and virus research – both human and pandemic strains and animal strains – and future initiatives. It also features profiles of some key personnel engaged in the battle against this deadly opponent.