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Investors: weak climate R&D is a threat to EU competitiveness

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Industry groups call for ‘significant’ public spending on R&D to boost competitiveness

The European Investment Bank has warned that the EU is lagging behind in climate R&D, while industry groups have said that public spending on industrial research should become a “top priority” for the bloc.

In its annual investment report, published on 26 November, the EIB said Europe is “over-dependent” on carmakers for its R&D spending, and that “weak performance” in climate-related R&D “is a threat to its competitiveness”.

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