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Commissioner Tajani criticises Italy’s research policy

Antonio Tajani, the European Commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, slammed Italy’s weak R&D and innovation policy. Tajani is a former Italian centre-right MEP and was spokesman of the first Berlusconi government in the 1990s.

In a speech delivered in Ispra, Italy on 18 July, he said: “Among the member states, Italy is certainly one of those who spend less for R&D (approximately 1.2 per cent of GDP). It is not only a problem of quantity, but also of quality of expenditure, duplications and wastes. In the European scoreboard on the performance levels for research and innovation, Italy is way below the EU average. Only Spain, Portugal and some new member states are worse than us. I do not think that an economy like ours, based on industry and competitiveness ability, can afford this.”

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