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Human capital included among future EU priorities

The next three presidencies of the Council of the EU have included research, innovation and education among their priorities for their 18-month term.

The governments of Austria, Bulgaria and Estonia set out their priorities for their presidencies, which will run from July 2017 to December 2018, in a document published on 2 June. Research, innovation and education featured under plans for improving employment, economic growth and competitiveness in the EU.

The three presidencies will have a focus on investment in growth and jobs, “including research and innovation, crossborder infrastructure, connectivity and education”, the Council document said. This will incorporate the reviews of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ that are currently underway, preparations for Framework 9, a review of the European Research Area and the governance of defence research, it said.

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