Horizon 2020 Research Programme

Briefing Paper: Growing Militarisation of the EU

This briefing paper by Chris Venables introduces the problem of the militarisation of the European Union and outlines recommendations of what individuals, NGOs, and policy makers can do to build the strength of the EU as a peace project rather than attempting to transform it into a defence institution. Click here to read the briefing …

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Around Europe 341 – April 2012

Trust and Detention in the European Union; Water and Energy: what is the Connection?; Is there room for civil society in the concept of stakeholder engagement in European Research?; Quaker House Brussels’ Carbon Footprint; Erratum Click here to download (PDF – 3.0 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – April 2012 Vertrauen und Inhaftierung in der Europäischen Union …

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Briefing paper: The EU’s response to the threat of terrorism (update)

In 2005 QCEA  published twelve briefing papers outlining and evaluating EU responses to terrorism, and in its 2007 report “Effective Counter-Terrorism: A Critical Assessment of European Union Responses” QCEA set out a series of recommendations to policy makers. In 2011, QCEA updated these with a set of three briefing papers which included an evaluation, legal and …

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Around Europe 340 – March 2012

Israel’s Supreme Court Adapts International Law in West Bank Quarrying ruling; A View of the EU Budget through Green-Tinted Spectacles; Continued Cognitive Dissonance in EU Energy Effort; Democracy under stress: The global crisis and beyond; Apology and Correction Click here to download (PDF – 1.3 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – März 2012 Israels Oberster Gerichtshof passt …

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Briefing paper: Horizon 2020 – reflecting on changes proposed for the new EU research agenda

A new QCEA briefing paper addresses the questions which arise from the proposals for the EU research programme for the security agenda, ethics and participation of third countries. What is important for QCEA in examining these proposals in details is the question of how the funding is to be used, the extent to which this …

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Briefing paper: EU security research and peacebuilding

The Security Research theme of the 7th Framework Programme is funded at a level of 1.4 billion euros out of a total research budget of 50.5 billion euros. Horizon 2020 is set to be much bigger; the figure proposed by the European Commission is 80 billion euros. Even if the Security Research Programme stayed at …

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Public Research should benefit Society, not Big Business: An Open Letter on the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding

An open letter to J.M.D. Barroso (President of the European Commission), Commissioners and services of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and Representatives of Member States relating to Horizon 2020 and the need for funding to focus on the needs of society and the environment rather than those of big business. Read the letter: In English (pdf – …

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Concerns about Ethics in European Research Policy

The European Union spends significant amounts of public money on research. This is currently done under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7); but there is also funding for research coming from other EU budgets. The main areas of research funded under FP7 are: Health Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology Information and Communication Technologies Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and …

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Consultation response: towards a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding

How should the Common Strategic Framework make EU research and innovation more attractive and easy to access for participants? From the Quaker Council for European Affair’s point of view, it is not the ease of access and attractiveness per se that is important. What is important is to attract the kind of research that will …

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