Subsidiarity and Economic Reform in Europe

pp 129-142

On the Roles and Rationales of European STI-Policies

  • Rahel FalkAffiliated withWIFO Austrian Institute of Economic Research
  • , Werner HölzlAffiliated withWIFO Austrian Institute of Economic Research
  • , Hannes LeoAffiliated withWIFO Austrian Institute of Economic Research

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EU enlargement has increased the economic diversity of the European Union substantially, also with respect to capacities in the fields of science, technology and innovation (STI). The increasing disparities have (re)kindled (old) debates on the role and scope of EU policy intervention. The conflicts of interest revolve mainly around the size of the budget, but also on the composition of funding and - within the single chapters of funding- around the content of programmes. In a nutshell, the net paying Member States aim to limit the redistributive role of EU funds and strive for more excellence in European STI performance. The net recipient countries in turn insist on Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union which states that cohesion is one of the core objectives of the European Union.