Servoz: 'Better linking to business is essential for vocational and higher education’'

It seems that 2017 will have a lot in store for DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion . Reason for Neth-ER to ask Michel Servoz, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), about his view on DG EMPL’s contribution in realising some of the major policy initiatives announced in the Commission Work Programme, especially those concerning youth. In this respect, the Commission has announced that it is a priority to help Member States to create the best possible conditions for young people to develop the skills they need and become active on the labour market and in society. This commitment has recently been fulfilled with the launch of the European Solidarity Corps, the ErasmusPro initiative and the call for Sector Skills Alliances.

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Academy Medal for Robert-Jan Smits

Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation – European Commission, will receive the 2016 Academy Medal, awarded every other year by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of science in the Netherlands. The award will be presented in Amsterdam on Monday 29 May 2017.

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Improve accessibility Erasmus+ for people with disadvantaged background

The Erasmus+ programme should be better accessible to people with a disadvantaged background, according to the Dutch national midterm evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme. This report evaluates the impact of Erasmus+ in the Netherlands and provides recommendations for the Erasmus+ programme.

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Smits: '2017: another crucial year for European science and innovation'

Embedding science and innovation in all EU policy activities is in full motion as well as the preparation for FP9. Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation underlines the importance of strong alliances between European institutions, Member States and stakeholders like Neth-ER. Together, they will also co-design the future of science and innovation in Europe. In this interview Smits looks ahead on what 2017 has in store.

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The Netherlands Publishes National Plan for Open Science

The Netherlands has published a National Plan for Open Science which was initiated by ten Dutch research organisations and Sander Dekker, the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Research. Together, they want to achieve 100% Open Access for research publications from every Dutch research organisation and domain. The plan sets out four key ambitions that aim to make science more accessible.

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Treppe: “FP9 needs to prioritise impact”

The foundations for the future European research and innovation policy will be laid in the coming months. The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 is in full swing and talks about FP9 are starting. Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) are an important part of the European research and innovation system as a bridge between science and industry. What are the concerns and wishes of RTOs for the future research and innovation policy? We asked the President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), Frank Treppe.

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