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EU Losing the Race to Fund IT Research

PCW - The European Union is currently losing the race to fund and foster research, but the game isn't over, says Europe's digital agenda commissioner. Commissioner Neelie Kroes was speaking at the launch of ICT 2010-Digitally Driven, the largest information technology event organized by the European Commission, where funding was clearly the issue of the day.

"In times of nearly universal budget cuts, such discussions about the future of ICT research naturally have a strong economic focus. Taxpayers, ministers and people in need have good reasons to expect that all public expenditure is duly justified," Kroes said. "That does not make it impossible to increase public investments in ICT research. But it does mean we have to make the strongest possible case."