Consultation outcome

Balance of EU competences review: research and development

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of research and development and is led by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Feedback received

Research and development evidence

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Detail of feedback received

We received a number of submissions to the research and development call for evidence. The submissions received from a broad range of stakeholders were either in writing or oral. We also conducted a literature review of relevant material.

Original consultation


Seeks evidence on the balance of competencies between the UK and the EU for research and development, which also covers space and innovation

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Consultation description

The Foreign Secretary launched the Balance of Competences Review in Parliament on 12 July 2012. This follows the Coalition’s commitment to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union. The review will provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.

See the Review of the balance of competences for full details of the review programme.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is leading the review of competence in the area of ‘research and development’ which also covers aspects of space and innovation. Responses to this call for evidence, along with other sources of evidence, will be used to inform the report.

We are looking for input from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience in the fields of:

  • research
  • technological development
  • space
  • innovation

We welcome contributions from individuals, companies, civil society organisations, think-tanks, governments and governmental bodies, from within the UK or beyond our borders.


Published 16 May 2013
Last updated 13 February 2014 + show all updates
  1. Evidence responses and the government response published.
  2. First published.