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Countries ignore R&D advice

Seven EU member states have failed to act on recommendations issued by the European Council to improve research, education and innovation, a report has found.

The study, published this month by the European Parliament, assesses how each member state has responded to the specific recommendations issued by European finance ministers to improve their economic performance and boost growth. These guidelines, issued annually, focus on finance, public budgets, structural reforms, employment and social policies, but also include measures to improve R&D and education.

Overall, the report shows that EU countries embraced fewer of these recommendations in 2013 than in the years before. Spain, Finland and Latvia were the ones implementing the largest number of guidelines as a whole, whereas the Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany ignored most recommendations. 

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