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21st Oct 2017

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Innovation

  • Innovation - everyone agrees it is needed. But money, type of research, and who does it, are all thorny issues (Photo: Argonne National Laboratory)

As the EU continues to struggle with the effects of the economic crisis, the importance of investing in innovation and research is increasingly been emphasized. But how much money is enough and where should it be spent? EUobserver investigates.

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EU innovation efforts unknown

The efforts of the EU to turn the old continent into an “innovation union” are largely unknown to business leaders, according to a survey by global accounting firm Ernst & Young.

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