What is EU Research Policy?

On Prospective Technology Studies, KIT Scientific Reports 7599, ISBN 978-3-86644-731-8

18 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2013 Last revised: 19 Oct 2014

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Gilbert Fayl

The Global Round Table

Ulric Fayl von Hentaller

The Global Round Table

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Some policy analysts question the very existence of an EU (European Union) research policy. At first sight, their doubt may seem understandable. For an outsider, the complex bureaucracy, legal constraints, and political environment within which European policies are created, developing, and implemented often overshadow the sometimes slow, but steady progress. Currently EU research policy builds upon three fundamental principles: (1) we have entered the “knowledge-based society”; (2) increasing R&D spending is necessary to guarantee competitive success and; (3) political guidance is an indispensable tool for the direction of research.

Each one of the three principles contains a degree of misapprehension. This paper aims to address the above issues in an unbiased manner.

For the sake of historical correctness, the true background of the European Union’s research is also outlined.

Keywords: EU research, research framework, research policy, fundamental principles

Suggested Citation

Fayl, Gilbert and von Hentaller, Ulric Fayl, What is EU Research Policy? (2009). On Prospective Technology Studies, KIT Scientific Reports 7599, ISBN 978-3-86644-731-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274941

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Ulric Fayl Von Hentaller

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