Lords question MEP on the effectiveness of EU research and innovation

01 February 2013

The House of Lords Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment EU Sub-Committee will open its new inquiry, on the effectiveness of EU research and innovation proposals, by questioning Malcolm Harbour CBE on Monday 4 February.

Mr Harbour is the Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection at the European Parliament.

The Committee will quiz Mr Harbour on issues including:

  • the essential elements of an effective research and innovation proposal;
  • if the current modes of Member State cooperation on research and innovation are effective enough and if other methods could also be used;
  • whether the EU can add value with ideas and funding in ‘non-traditional’ areas of research and innovation;
  • the rationale behind the European Parliament’s European Added Value Unit; and
  • how the current economic crisis in Europe has affected the research and innovation environment at national and EU levels.

 The evidence session will take place at 5pm on Monday 4 February in Committee Room 2.

The sessions will be webcast live at www.parliamentlive.tv and are also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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