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MGQ’s influence within the Commission is growing EU Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is expanding her influence in the College of Commissioners by convening two subgroups: on innovation and research. She will chair both, elevating herself to something of a senior commissioner. The innovation subgroup is an official effort by Barroso to pull together various strands… » read more

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The economic crisis is having a profound impact on labour markets, exposing a huge gulf in the pay and conditions on offer in the public and private sectors. UEAPME, a European lobby group representing small firms, summed it up neatly today when they warned that the workforce will soon be made up of insiders who… » read more

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MGQ ♥ Tajani 4EVA

The Commissioners for Innovation and Industry have been saying the kindest of things about one another (through gritted teeth) Was it just me or were Commissioner Maire Geogeghan-Quinn and Antonio Tajani overdoing the mutual appreciation at their joint press conference on Wednesday? They each seemed at great pains to say how well they get on… » read more

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare EU officials are toying with the idea of renaming Europe’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. At present, the seventh framework programme (FP7) is under review and governments are already jockeying for position… » read more

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A troubling thought: are the pro-innovation policy wonks talking to the cost-containment pencil pushers? Doing the rounds of innovation conferences in Brussels, it’s clear that a huge section of the EU’s political and industry machinery is convinced we need to be more innovative. The logic will be familiar to most: we can’t compete with Asia’s… » read more

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Plans to publish a European Innovation Act ahead of the spring meeting of EU leaders are on hold. The new innovation strategy is now more likely to be published this summer. In the meantime, the new European Commissioners – particularly those responsible for industry and innovation – are trying to redraw lines of responsibility which… » read more

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Want to buy cheap drugs?

Sale of the century: EU governments are selling off swine flu vaccines Having grossly overestimated the demand for vaccines against the once-dreaded H1N1 virus, health ministers across Western Europe are rushing to flog spare flu drugs in a mass medicines January sale. France ordered 94 million doses of the new flu vaccine and vaccinated just… » read more

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Ireland’s Máire Geoghegan Quinn has been handed the newly-created innovation portfolio at the EU executive. (Full coverage of new Commission, click here). The job is an expanded version of the old Research & Science post, and comes just months before the first European Innovation Act is due to be published. The creation of an innovation… » read more

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Shock! Horror! NGOs have gotten their way despite fierce resistance from the pharma industry Pharmaceutical policy will move to the European Commission’s health and consumer wing, DG Sanco, as part of a shake-up of responsibilities by President Barroso. This means control of medicines, which rested with DG Entrprise & Industry, is now under the wing… » read more

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