R&I – A renewed European agenda (Communication)

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Key points

The EESC welcomes the fact that the Commission has made it clear that research and innovation must continue to be an essential EU priority.


  • reiterates the importance of public investment in research and development as a key driver for producing and sustaining a spillover effect on the Member States' economies;
  • welcomes the aim of further simplifying State aid rules to facilitate the combination of different funds, which can be instrumental to overcoming the large disparities between Member States and regions;
  • is convinced that many grand societal challenges can only be solved at a European level and this is why the idea of missions is supported;
  • believes it is necessary to increase the volume of EU investment to help European workers to keep abreast of developments in and earn qualifications for digital professions;
  • believes that initiatives helping SMEs to capitalise on and tap the outcome of research and innovation should be supported more effectively.

For more information please contact the INT Section Secretariat.