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Neelie Kroes and Guttenberg – Partnering for smart growth

Last week, the EU Council published “Conclusions on partnering in research and innovation“. Content-wise, this in an awfully drafted, hardly understandable and significantly watered down document.

Given its bad quality and lack of substance, it will not have any impact on research and innovation in Europe. However, it contains the following sentence:

ACKNOWLEDGES that both the Member States and the European Union must stimulate the efficient use of existing public and private resources […] to optimise the contribution of public and private players in achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, take full advantage of Europe’s intellectual capital and strengthen its excellent science base and innovation potential.

I think this is the paragraph full of empty yet nicely sounding phrases Neelie Kroes read when choosing Guttenberg, a decision she has confirmed on her blog yesterday, as has done her spokesperson following my post on the matter yesterday.

And indeed, from the public reaction to her choice, just like the Council conclusions, there don’t seem to be many who think that this wasn’t an awful decision, hardly understandable that will most likely water down the Commissioner’s very honourable efforts.

Nobody should say the EU is not a coherent polity!

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