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In today's Morning Brief:
Call for transparency for the new EU Industrial Strategy proposal
Ahead of the European Commission’s new industrial strategy proposal, expected on Wednesday (5 May), Friends of the Earth has compiled a report exposing the influence of business associations in shaping policy through industrial alliances, according to EurActiv. The Commission is expected to announce more industry alliances on Wednesday, including new ones on renewable energy and low-carbon fuels. These alliances, like the Clean Hydrogen Alliance and the Battery Alliance, are set up by the European Commission, and bring together national authorities, regions, industry research institutes and other stakeholders to push forward European industry in a sector considered of strategic importance. But while they do include trade unions and NGOs, they give industry a chance to shape European policy to suit their interests, said Myriam Douo, one of the co-authors of the report at Friends of the Earth.
European Health Union: Commission publishes open public consultation on the European Health Data Space
The Commission published an open public consultation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) – an important building block of the European Health Union. The EHDS aims to make full use of digital health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities. It will promote access to health data for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, research and innovation, as well as for policy-making and legislation. According to the EC website, the EHDS will place individuals’ rights to control their own personal health data at its core. The consultation can be accessed here and will remain open for responses until 26 July 2021.
EU supercomputer partnership now headquartered in Luxembourg
According to ScienceBusiness, the EU supercomputing research partnership, EuroHPC, will drive its €8 billion mission to pool European and national resources to procure and deploy world-class supercomputers from new headquarters in Luxembourg. The inauguration of the headquarters is the latest step in launching EuroHPC under the new research programme, Horizon Europe. Next, the Council is expected to finalise its regulation to enable a €8 billion investment in the partnership, which hopes to help Europe secure a place in the global supercomputer race. “Supercomputing is key for the digital sovereignty of the EU,” said EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton at the inauguration event. “High Performance Computers are crucial to harness the full potential of data — notably for AI applications, health research and industry 4.0. We are massively investing in this cutting-edge technology for Europe to remain ahead of the global tech race.”
European Parliament approved €7.9B European defence fund
The Commission welcomed the adoption of the European Defence Fund (EDF), following the European Parliament’s approval. The EDF, with a budget of €7.9 billion, is the Commission’s flagship instrument to support defence cooperation in Europe. EDF will co-finance collaborative research and capability development projects amplifying national investment. It will also foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base. In doing so, it will enhance Union’s technological sovereignty and therefore its open strategic autonomy. The European Defence Fund should contribute to the EU’s strategic autonomy by coordinating, supplementing and amplifying national investments in defence. Currently, around 80% of defence procurement is run on a national basis, leading to a costly duplication of military capabilities.
The main features of the European Defence Fund are:
- Financing of priority projects agreed by Member States within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy and other regional and international organisations such as NATO;
- Financing only collaborative projects involving at least 3 participants from 3 Member States;
- Co-funding common prototypes where Member States commit to buying the final product;
- Promoting the cross-border activities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by e.g. providing higher financing and participation rates;
- Targeting innovation, with 5% of the funds dedicated to disruptive technology and innovative equipment;
- Possibility of promoting projects in the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) by providing an additional co-financing bonus of 10%.
EC public consultation on IP for industrial designs
The Commission launched two public consultations delivering on the actions presented in the intellectual property action plan. One of them refers to industrial design protection, that is to the rights which protect the appearance of a product resulting from its attributes such as shape, colours or materials, and aims to gather the view of those affected by design protection in Europe, in view of the review of the Community Design Regulation (6/2002) and the Directive on the legal protection of designs (98/71/EC). The public consultation can be accessed here, and will remain open until 22 July 2021 included.
OECD Survey addressed to all researchers
OECD has launched its International Survey of Science 2021. The survey is addressed to all members of the global scientific and research community, and will be used to better understand the current status of science and research and its interaction with society. After completing the survey, participants can opt in to receive a customised report with advanced survey results. To participate, click here.
Batteries Europe hosts a workshop on the digitalisation of batteries
The platform Batteries Europe – the technology and innovation platform of the European Battery Alliance – is organising a workshop on the digitalisation of batteries for smart energy and transport systems, that will take place tomorrow, May 5th, from 14 to 16 CEST. The event is organised in collaboration with European Technology & Innovation Platform “Smart Networks for Energy Transition” (ETIP SNET) and the European Green Vehicle Initiative (EGVI). Full agenda of the event and registration link are available here.
Webinar on latest Horizon Europe updates
The DG RTD, in collaboration with EMDESK, is organizing a webinar regarding Horizon Europe that will take place this Wednesday, May 5th, at 11 CEST. The focus of the webinar will be on latest updates on Horizon Europe, and in particular on missions, strategic planning, EIC, and planning for the first work programmes and calls for proposals. After a presentation by Massimiliano Esposito (DG RTD), the event has foreseen 20 minutes of Q&A. Details and registrations here.
11/6/2021: Horizon Europe launch, EIC Overseas Trade Fairs, IP Enforcement Summit, EIB funds IE University, research infrastructures, EU semiconductor manufacturing, and EU 2030 digital targets
In today’s Morning Brief: Member states call for Horizon Europe to go full steam ahead || Open Call: The EIC launches the Overseas Trade Fairs Programme 2.0 || International IP Enforcement Summit 2021 || EIB supports IE University in Spain with a financing plan of up to €30 million || ESFRI: the coronavirus pandemic changed research infrastructures || Intel answers EU call to scale up European capacity for semiconductor chips || Analysis: EU will fall short of meeting 2030 digital targets
10/6/2021: New INESC article on Science|Business, exclusive Horizon Europe guide, Horizon Europe dissemination, sustainable fishing, forest protection, and the future of CBDC
In today’s Morning Brief: New INESC article published on Science Business: “The AI Act: getting the first step right” || Exclusive Horizon Europe guide now available in the Private Area || Commission webinar on Horizon Europe “Dissemination and Exploitation” || Commission’s annual state of play on sustainable fishing ||
MEPs call for binding measures to protect Europe’s forests || The future of CBDC: new EUBOF report on the possible structures of the digital euro
9/6/2021: Horizon Europe missions, 2022 R&I funding, ERC gender balance, Pact for Skills, and new digitalised chip plant
In today’s Morning Brief: Horizon Europe 5 missions are ready to launch ||
European Commission to spend €13.1 billion on R&I in 2022 ||
ERC plans to attract more female applicants ||
Commission hosts Pact for Skills roundtable with energy-intensive industry stakeholders ||
Europe’s first digitalised chip plant opens in Dresden ||