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30 May 2018

Research ministers discuss R&I within the context of next MFF

At the Council Competitiveness meeting on 29 May 2018, research ministers held a policy debate on research and innovation within the context of the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2021 to 2027. Commenting on the debate, Bulgarian Minister Valchev said: "Increasing public investment in research and innovation is important, but it is not enough. We have to make use of the results of scientific research and be able to turn them into practical applications which can address societal challenges or generate products which make people's lives better."

The links between the EU and national levels were the focus of the debate on the European supercomputer which ministers conducted over lunch. During the follow-up working session, the Bulgarian Presidency updated ministers on the progress made on the legislative proposal to set up this project. Work on this file is ongoing and the Bulgarian Presidency is making every effort to take this dossier forward.

In the area of research, ministers also endorsed the Bulgarian Presidency's proposal for a regulation to extend the activities under the Euratom research programme. In addition, ministers adopted Conclusions on accelerating knowledge circulation within the EU and on the European Open Science Cloud.

For more information:

BG Presidency News

Council conclusions on "Accelerating knowledge circulation in the EU" 

Council conclusions on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) 

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