EP's ITRE Committee discusses Dutch Presidency priorities for research
The European Parliament's committees are discussing the priorities of the incoming Dutch EU Council Presidency with Dutch ministers at a series of meetings this week.
The ITRE (industry, research and energy) Committee was addressed by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, and Sander Dekker, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science. Mr. Kamp emphasised that energy, industrial competitiveness and telecommunications were high on the Dutch Presidency's agenda. With regard to research, Mr. Dekker said in a separate debate that the Dutch Presidency would encourage member states to invest more in research and innovation, through a smart regulatory framework, made attractive to researchers with an "open science with open access" approach. MEPs welcomed this agenda in principle, but also stressed the need for adequate funding for European research and competitiveness-boosting programmes.
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