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EURO-CASE

National Academy of Science and Engineering presents EU strategy in Brussels

A total of 230 guests accepted the invitation by Emilia Müller, Bavarian State Minister for Federal and European Affairs and acatech President Reinhard F. Hüttl to attend the kick-off event at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU on 7th May 2012. The discussion about “Science-based policy advice to the EU” was joined by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, Jürgen Creutzmann, MEP, Hermann Requardt, Member of the Board of Directors of Siemens AG, Magnus Breidne, Vice-President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Jacques Lukasik, Euro-CASE Secretary General.

 

In the complex world of knowledge politics depends more than ever on scientific knowledge. Reinhard Hüttl expanded on this in his speech by saying: “Science-based policy advice is only successful when it is not interest-led but independent and oriented towards the common good, including science, industry as well as other social groups. This is the task that we have been assigned to by politicians and this is what acatech strives to provide in Germany, one example being the Innovation Dialogue together with the German government. In Brussels we aim to support the success of the orientation towards innovation on EU-level.”
Nevertheless, science should neither anticipate political decision making nor carry them out but can and should provide the scientific basis and propose perspectives on which political decisions are formed.

 

Together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, and within Euro-CASE, European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, acatech works, within the framework of the Innovation Platform, on new political consulting contents as part of a dialogue process with the European institutions. The recently set up acatech Brussels Office as part of the EU strategy aims to place the expertise of the academies into EU politics.

However, what are the opportunities and possibilities of science-based policy advice at European level? Jürgen Creutzmann, MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the European Parliament, Prof Dr Hermann Requardt, Member of the Board of Directors of Siemens AG, Dr Magnus Breidne, Vice-President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Jacques Lukasik, Euro-CASE Secretary General discussed this matter in detail on the panel.

 

They came to the conclusion that science-based policy advice needs clear structures in order to reach good results. In the discussion Mr Creutzmann invited to participate in the parliamentarian policy making process by providing science-based advice. “Scientific expertise is needed to support the Members of Parliament and provide them with facts in their decision-making processes.”


Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, emphasised in his speech the significant value of political consulting in Brussels by referring to the hundreds of EU expert groups. He explicitly welcomed the commitment and dedication of the academy: The need for independent science-based policy advice, like acatech offers in Brussels, is high. Mr Smits expressed his thankfulness for the input acatech gave in its position paper on the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.