EUROPEAN Union ministers have been asked to approve a plan to regularly collate new European statistics on science, technology and innovation, allowing Brussels to supply improved guidance on the status quo and possible reforms.

The European Commission has formally proposed that the EU should acquire a legal duty to run a "statistical information system" on the subjects, "to support and monitor" R&D policies.

Its proposal has been sparked by concern that existing EU statistics on science and technology are inadequate. In a ...

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