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Ministers agree to streamline research collaboration

Europe’s “complex and fragmented” way of building research and innovation partnerships must be simplified, research ministers have agreed.

At a meeting in Tallinn on 25 July, EU ministers discussed Europe’s many different instruments and legal frameworks for establishing partnerships in research and innovation. They agreed to take “a more strategic approach” in future by aligning their resources and activities around common objectives and reducing the number of different initiatives, the Estonian presidency of the EU announced.

Partnerships are important but “the current partnering system is so complex and fragmented that it is very difficult to make sense of it without professional consultants”, the Estonian research minister Mailis Reps said in a statement. Simplifying the research funding landscape is one of the priorities of Estonia’s presidency, which began in July and will continue for the rest of the year.

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