Top scientists team up with policymakers

01'25" 27/01/2016
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More than 30 researchers come to the EP to 'shadow' MEPs in their daily activities as part of a scheme aiming to foster greater mutual understanding.
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The European Parliament's Scientific Foresight Unit or STOA, in collaboration with the Commission, paired MEPs and scientists for a three-day experiment, so they can keep ahead of the game in research breakthroughs and avoid playing catch-up.

We have to educate our parliamentarians about the latest scientific developments, and we now employ approximately 300 scientists within the European Parliament.
Paul Rübig
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
The climate for doing research in Europe is great. And it is stimulated for example by the rotation of people. With the year 2020 on the horizon, European research needs a boost when it comes to profitability. Europe is doing very well in terms of scientific research. Maybe we are not as good as the US in making money out of it, and it's been like that for a long time.

In my area, all the big companies are based in California, but a lot of the talent in those companies comes from Europe.
We have to bridge what politicians decide to do with what the scientists are working on. So that we don't work against each other but together.
Eva Kaili
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
MEPs will then translate this shared knowledge into a legal framework with the aim of improving the lives of the citizens they represent.