Bulgaria presents Presidency programme in R&I
On 1 January 2018 Bulgaria is taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Estonia. In the area of Research and Innovation the Bulgarian Presidency will propose for adoption Council Conclusions on the optimisation of knowledge transfer and acceleration of research results, including broader access to research results for industry and society throughout the EU regarding the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor – ITER, and Conclusions on the roadmap for governance and funding for the European Open Science Cloud. Bulgaria will work on extending the term of the Regulation on Euratom Programme for research and training of the European Atomic Energy Community (2014-2018) in addition to the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 'Horizon 2020' until 31 December 2020. The Bulgarian Presidency will start work on the Proposal for a Regulation on the framework for cooperation in high performance computing (EuroHPC).
The Presidency will also pursue a dialogue to support the next generations of EU researchers with a focus on open science skills, including interdisciplinary methods, entrepreneurship and use of Big Data. In particular, a debate on a European Skills Agenda for young researchers will bring a new focus on specific measures for supporting highly qualified human resources in research and innovation. In this context, the Bulgarian Presidency will also seek resolution of political issues affecting national systems as a result of brain drain of both young and highly educated people.
In the light of the discussions regarding the next MFF and the 9th Research and Innovation Framework Programme, together with the study of the possibilities for promoting public-private partnerships, Bulgaria will organise a European conference 'Food 2030' in Plovdiv in June to provide a platform for discussion of the role of science and innovation for the future of food, healthy eating and the use of future food resources.