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Lack of variety in research policy criticised

Member states deploy similar research and innovation policies regardless of the individual challenges they face, according to a paper from the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel.

A report authored by Reinhilde Veugelers, a professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, and released on 21 December used data on government budget appropriations for R&D and on deployment of policy instruments to examine the effectiveness of member state research and innovation policies.

Europe’s performance on innovation “remains weak” according to the report, with Europe’s overall R&D to GDP ratio at 2 per cent, far below the 3 per cent target set in the 2002 Lisbon Strategy by the European Commission. And the analysis shows a considerable alignment of research and innovation policy in different member states, despite differences in innovation capacity.

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