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Industry commissioner Tajani criticises Italy’s research policy

Antonio Tajani, the commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, condemned Italy’s weak R&D and innovation policy in a speech delivered at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy last month.

Speaking at the event Innovation­—an Insight from Europe, organised by the employers’ federation of the Lombardy region, Tajani said: “Among the [EU] member states, Italy is certainly one of those who spend less for R&D. It is not only a problem of quantity, but also of quality of expenditure, duplications and wastes… I do not think that an economy like ours, based on industry and competitiveness ability, can afford this.”

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