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Gabriel drops more hints about European Innovation Area

Image: Sebastien Pirlet, European Union 2020

EU commissioner wants to remove transnational barriers to innovation, alongside those to education and research

The EU commissioner for research, innovation and education, Mariya Gabriel, has again said that the EU needs a ‘European Innovation Area’ to complement equivalent policy initiatives for education and research.

Gabriel recommitted to the idea in a speech on 13 November, when she said the European Research Area and European Education Area, which aim to remove national policy barriers to raising standards, “need to be complemented with the third element of the knowledge triangle: innovation”.

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