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Commission issues policy advice to member states

The European Commission has issued specific recommendations to Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Italy, urging them to reform aspects of their respective research policies.

The recommendations, published on 13 May, are part of the European Semester, a review in which the Commission looks at member states’ economic policies. In the component of the review that deals specifically with research and innovation, the Commission singles out the five countries for criticism.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the report suggests that Germany — Europe’s biggest R&D performer — should be spending more public funds on ‘infrastructure, education and research.’

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