The meeting followed up on the Presidency conference on Synergies in Research and Innovation funding in Europe.
On 21 – 22 July, an informal meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council (COMPET) took place in Prague and was chaired and hosted by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Vladimír Balaš. The meeting followed up on the Presidency conference on Synergies in Research and Innovation funding in Europe, which took place on 7 and 8 July in Prague. Ministers responsible for the research agenda discussed the following topics:
- Synergies in research and innovation funding:
Synergies between European and national research and innovation funding are one of the key priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. The political debate focused on how to fully exploit the potential of synergies when investing in research and innovation so that there are no overlaps or possible duplications. The discussion also included the exchange of examples of good practice from individual countries. The outcomes of the political debate will also serve as a partial input to the so-called "Prague Declaration" on Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe.
- European response in research and innovation to Russian military aggression in Ukraine
The ministers discussed the impact of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine on the European research and innovation policy, measures already taken, how to further streamline assistance to the Ukrainian scientific community and how to rebuild the Ukrainian research infrastructure after the war, which will be part of the European Research Area.
You can find more information in the press release or on the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU website.