EU ministers discuss research impact
Mailis Reps © Ave Maria Mõistlik

EU ministers discuss research impact

The EU’s research ministers are meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, between 24-25 July to discuss how to increase the impact of research and innovation, and to clarify the EU research funding landscape.

The meeting is to be chaired by Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps. According to Reps the future of Europe’s competitiveness depends on research and innovation.

She said: “We need to convince a wider audience at the EU and national levels that everyone benefits from supporting ambitious investments in research and innovation.”

Today (24 July) the ministers are receiving a presentation of Estonia’s e-government solutions, including e-residency, cybersecurity, and mobile positioning issues. Later, the executive director of the Nobel Foundation, Lars Heikensten, will present a keynote speech on the impact of research.

Tomorrow they will discuss how to strengthen the impact and relevance of research in the EU. In the afternoon discussions will focus on the simplification of EU funding for research and innovation, and how to make them more accessible.

One of the main topics of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU is also the interim evaluation of the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.