EUROPE: Be less nationalistic Brussels tells researchers

By Alan Osborn

Research in the EU countries is too national in focus to be fully effective says the European Commission and this poses a "major obstacle" to the ambitious Lisbon strategy for giving the EU a global lead in technology by 2010. Brussels claims that some 85% of public sector research in Europe is programmed, financed, monitored and evaluated at national level and only 15% of public civil R&D is financed on a cross-border collaborative basis. This means that a significant proportion of the EU's research effort is compromised ...

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