EU issues guidelines on foreign interference in research
The guidelines will help the European Union protect its “fundamental values, key research findings and intellectual assets”, EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel said. A senior commission official put it more bluntly in a briefing on the guidelines, saying they will help research institutions to block “actions that could put in danger the technological leadership and sovereignty of Europe”.
The Commission recently morphed its motto for international research cooperation from “Open to the world” to “Open strategic autonomy”, as part of a reset that has seen it limit access to EU funding for scientists in countries that flout academic freedom and intellectual property rights. It does not want to stop international collaboration, but says the EU approach should be based on a positive agenda of partnership, coupled with “constructive management” of differences.
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