Finnegan's Take

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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It’s a question set to cause bitter disputes at pub table quizzes, given the variety of plausible answers. EU Leaders have chosen Herman Van Rompuy as the first permanent president of the European Council. So will he be the boss in Brussels? Well, the new foreign affairs position – handed to the UK’s Catherine Ashton… » read more

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The temporary ‘crisis committee’ should take on innovation policy Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s new committee on ‘financial, economic and social crisis’ met for the first time, pledging to examine how Europe got into this mess and how we might get out of it. All the talk was of reflecting on past mistakes and… » read more

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EU member states are undermining Europe’s power by pursuing their own interests – and China sees it this way too I broke a story today on the EU’s last-minute decision to scrap plans for an SME Centre in Beijing. The office would have helped European firms to do business in China. The reasons for the… » read more

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EU compares well with US rivals but the real competition is rising in the East It’s ‘Greening Business Week‘ here at EurActiv HQ where we’re turing the spotlight on the new green economy. There’ll be a new story every day this week, but today’s feature is worthy of comment. Ask an EU official whether Europe… » read more

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The end of historians?

The dawn of the information age will make historians obsolete I was chatting to a journalist from the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) while attending the EU Health Prize for Journalists this week and learned of an ambitious plan to digitise original Finnish TV shows dating back as far as the 1950s. Imagine the treasure trove… » read more

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