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Europe’s innovation policy must not neglect basic research


EU Council’s holistic stance on universities’ societal mission is a welcome change, says Julien Chicot

In December, the Council of the EU adopted two important initiatives to boost innovation. Its conclusions on the New European Innovation Agenda (NEIA) and recommendations on the guiding principles for knowledge valorisation—the utilisation of research results—contribute to a systemic approach to innovation with a view to better support the development of innovation ecosystems.

This is a positive step for two reasons. First, it remedies the European Commission’s original communication on the NEIA, released last June, which omitted any mention of the importance of research—part of a wider pattern of the Commission underplaying the role of research in innovation.

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