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In today's Morning Brief:

Update to 2020 Industrial Strategy

In a Communication yesterday, the EC updated the 2020 Industrial Strategy reaffirming the priorities set out in the March 2020 Communication, published the day before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, while responding to the lessons learned from the crisis to boost the recovery and enhance the EU’s open strategic autonomy.

It proposes new measures to strengthen the resilience of our single market, especially in times of crisis; new measures to accelerate the green and digital transitions; a new identification and monitoring of the main indicators of the competitiveness of the EU economy as a whole: single market integration, productivity growth, international competitiveness, public and private investment and R&D investment.

There are already reactions from EARTO, especially welcoming the coordinated development of industrial technology roadmaps under the renewed European Research Area and its attention to technology infrastructures – EARTO calls for the development of an ERA Strategy for Technology Infrastructures.  

 

New regulations to address distortions on the Single Market

The SME dimension is at the core of the updated Industrial Strategy, with tailored financial support and measures to enable SMEs and start-ups to embrace the twin transitions. For this reason, the Commission has also adopted yesterday the proposal for a Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the single market. It is a key element to deliver on the EU industrial strategy by ensuring a level playing field and by promoting a fair and competitive single market. More information can be found here.

 

Sustainable chemicals high-level roundtable

The Commission has launched the high level roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The first meeting has been held yesterday, chaired by the Commissioners for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius and for Internal Market Thierry Breton. The members of the high-level roundtable include leaders from Member States, industry, NGOs, international organisations and scientists, who will support the Commission in achieving the objectives of the strategy and monitor its implementation. The work of the roundtable will focus on how to make EU chemicals legislation more preventive and effective in terms of protecting health and the environment, and on boosting the development and uptake of chemicals, materials and products that are safe and sustainable by design. More information on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability can be found here.

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31/05/2022: BioData.PT Session 3, EU AI Law, European Sustainable Energy Week, LIFE Awards 2022 Winners, EU Green Deal, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– BioData.PT Talks Session 3: Recent Artificial Intelligence Tools and Architectures for Structural Biology;
– EUA Policy Input: Considerations for a “European Degree”;
– Putting Science into Standards;
– The EU AI law will not be future-proof unless it regulates general purpose AI systems;
– European Sustainable Energy Week: Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition;
– European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022;
– Interact with statistics for the European Green Deal;
– EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas cut: Summit draft.

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30/05/2022: INESC TEC Workshop, EU Cancer Plan, Eurostat, Defunct Satellites, Hydrogen, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC TEC coordinated a workshop on Machine Learning;
– Access to financial products for persons with a history of cancer in EU Member States;
– Eurostat regional yearbook: From traditional printed publication to modern interactive tool;
– ‘World-first’ project for capturing defunct satellites ramps up;
– Hydrogen: BAM sets up digitally networked research filling station to increase safety of technology;
– EFCA coordinates EU efforts to monitor the bluefin tuna fishing season;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report;
– Commission outlines defence R&D priorities in new €924M work programme.

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26/05/2022: INESC-ID research grants, new MSCA platform, Horizon Europe UK backup, REPowerEU, Fit for 55, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC-ID: Nuno Lopes receives research grants from Google and Woven Alpha;
– EU ramping up efforts for strategic autonomy in raw materials;
– Laurence Moreau appointed head of the ERC executive agency;
– Event: The UK’s Position in Global Science and Innovation;
– New MSCA networking platform for future applicants;
– Application system opens for UK Horizon backup grants;
– Fraunhofer elects three new executive vice-presidents;
– FaST Navigator study identifies models necessary to provide accurate advice on the use of fertilisers to EU farmers;
– Germany’s pacifist universities pose obstacle to militarisation of EU R&D;
– Webinar: The European Standardisation Booster;
– MSCA Cluster event on Mission Ocean and Waters;
– REPowerEU: Commission establishes the EU Energy Platform Task Force to secure alternative supplies;
– Horizon Europe mission on carbon-neutral cities kicks into gear;
– Fit for 55: New EU carbon sink goal will increase 2030 reduction target;
– A new Blue Economy Observatory to monitor and promote the sustainability of our ocean related activities;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report.

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