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At her speech to the Lisbon Council’s 2010 Innovation Summit last Friday, the EU’s highly charismatic and enthusiastic Chief Innovation Officer, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn laid out her vision of transforming Europe into an “I-conomy”, connecting and speeding up innovation all along the whole policy chain from research to retail, building a functional single market for… » read more

Hospitals of the future

ERRIN event invitation: “Hospitals of the future: care, sustainable development and regional advantage” Date: 2 March 2010, 9.00 – 16.45 Venue: South Tyrol EU Office, Rue de Pascale 45-47, 1040 Brussels. While we are all familiar with hospitals and demand high quality healthcare, the hospital itself is in many cases an institution that remains largely… » read more

Griechenland Es gibt Zeiten, da passiert so viel in einer Woche, dass man schon fast nicht mehr mit dem Schreiben nachkommt. Mein Ausblick auf die Woche des Europaparlaments in Straßburg ließ schon viel betriebsame Hektik vermuten und die zugespitzte Lage in Griechenland machte einen Sondergipfel des Rates notwendig. In den Straßen von Athen wurden EU-Flaggen… » read more

High-Noon im Europaparlament

Die Gegner haben sich durchgesetzt. (Photo: European Parlament) Punkt 12 Uhr blickte die ganze europäische Politelite ins Parlament von Strasbourg. Wie einst im Film High Noon standen sich die Gegner gegenüber und es war klar: „Es kann nur einen geben“. Die Gegner sind schnell skizziert. Auf der einen Seite: Der Rat, die Kommission, die USA… » read more

This week we had a kick-off meeting in Brussels for Ecolink+, an eco-innovation project supported by DG Enterprise under the umbrella of DG Enterprise’s Eco-Innovation Platform (Europe INNOVA/CIP). In this project ERRIN is partnering, among others, with Eurada, EBN and two expert consultancies in the area of innovation management and early stage investment, Meta-Group and… » read more

Brussels – WWF has sent the European Commission a formal complaint against Germany for its failure to fulfil a legal obligation introduced by the 2008 EU climate and energy legislative package. The complaint concerns the apparent faulty approval procedure for a new coal-fired power plant at Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg), which was given the go-ahead on 27 July… » read more

I apologise for my long absence. Recently I have, of course, followed the Commission hearings, at least for those of the new Commissioners that are most interesting from a regional research and innovation perspective, which is what I am focusing on in this blog. Clearly, this was a great moment for the European Parliament and… » read more

Climate Action Tracker is a new and useful website gauging UNFCCC commitments by parties in absolute scientific terms rather than just relative political ones. Set against the science, the EU27 at -20% GHG remains “inadequate”, though moving to -30% GHG by 2020 would put it in the higher end of the “medium” category. For developed countries in aggregate, commitments so far fall in the… » read more

RWE lobbies for loopholes

In this pre-CPH press release, Europe’s biggest emitter calls for more ETS loopholes to offset business-as-usual coal invesments, while failing even to mention the needed higher GHG target or even the prospects of CCS.

The EU justice and home affairs minister are about to agree on a large-scale banking data sharing plan with the United States. The agreement will have a massive impact on the privacy of banking data of European businesses and citizens. Background of the deal It’s everything about SWIFT, a company that handles the bank transactions… » read more

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