Instead of believing its own hype, the European Commission should ask what EU R&D programmes are for, says Peter Tindemans.
In preparing Framework 9, the European Commission should start by asking some basic questions.
Here are some: Should the EU continue to have a seven-year research programme? Should the EU support major European research infrastructure? How will Brexit be handled and how will Framework 9 be affected? Why do some elements of research and innovation support need to be implemented at the EU level and others not? What should the financial balance between the three pillars be? What is the EU’s role in promoting innovation?