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UK research and the European Union

The role of EU regulation and policy in governing UK research

A referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union took place on 23 June 2016. This report provides an insight into the role of the EU in developing EU and global policies that influence research conducted in the UK. It provides an overview of how EU policy is made and a number of case studies illustrating the development and implementation of EU and global policy that govern UK research. It attempts to show where  scientific advice and evidence are drawn on throughout these processes although does not claim to be comprehensive. It does not attempt to assess the value of these policymaking processes or the impact of the policies themselves. 

This is the third part of a phased project gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on research. It is intended to inform debate. Previous phases have looked at the role of the EU in funding UK research and its role in researchers’ international collaboration and mobility.

  • The role of EU regulation and policy in governing UK research

    This report provides an insight into the role of the EU in developing EU and global policies that influence research conducted in the UK.

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  • How is policy developed in the European Union?

    Policymaking in the European Union (EU) takes place across four EU institutions...

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  • Do EU institutions have access to the latest scientific advice and evidence?

    In the development of policy proposals and the legislative process, EU institutions and agencies draw on evidence and advice...

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  • Which countries do EU policies apply to?

    Policy made at the EU level generally applies to all 28 Member States of the EU...

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  • What can the EU make policy on?

    EU membership does not mean all of a Member State’s policy will be developed at an EU level...

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  • How does EU policymaking influence UK research?

    A number of areas that are within the EU’s competence to make policy can influence research...

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  • How do the UK and EU interact in the development of international polices that govern research?

    Science is a global endeavor. Decisions over how best to conduct research...

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