Council Competitiveness holds policy debate on strategic choices for R&I
At the Council Competitiveness meeting on 28 May 2019 in Brussels, research ministers held a policy debate on which strategic decisions would have to be taken in order to ensure that research and innovation are driving forces for Europe's competitiveness. Several Member States stressed the need for targeted investment in Research and Innovation (R&I), such investment being required both at European and at national level, as European funds could not compensate for lack of national efforts. In addition, stronger coordination at European level was mentioned as an important criterion, as well as establishing functioning synergies, above all with cohesion policy.
The Finnish delegation informed the Council on the programme of its incoming EU Council Presidency during the second half of 2019. In addition, the current Romanian Presidency informed the Council on a strategic agenda for the Black Sea region, and the Slovak delegation reported on joint efforts of Eastern European states in the field of bio-economy (BIOEAST initiative).
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