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Posts Tagged Hightech
May 30th, 2011 | Thema: News
According to a current study from the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI, or Association of German Engineers) Germany will continue to remain a leading location worldwide for technology and innovation. To do this future political decisions had to build on technological solutions, continued the study “Technology Location 2020″. Among the sectors in which German leads the VDI includes renewable energies. The study assumes that this sector will invest more than 200 billion euros in Germany by 2020.
“Germany has the potential to become a leading market for resources efficiency. In the face of rising energy and raw materials prices, good perspectives are opening up for German technologies with cross sector expertise,” said VDI President Bruno O. Braun at the presentation of the study. The report also sees a positive future for traditionally strong German sectors, such as the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. The VDI sees one of the most important tasks here is cultivating citizens when there is scepticism towards new technologies and campaigning for greater acceptance of technology.
February 28th, 2011 | Thema: News
The Research and Innovation Export Commission (EFI) commissioned by the German government has criticised the governing coalition’s tax policy towards research and development. The often promised introduction of tax encouragement for research and development was “long overdue”, according to the latest statement from the EFI. Furthermore, conditions for venture capital and start-up founders had to be improved.
Overall the expert commission evaluated the development of research and innovation in Germany positively. They stated that the government had set the right tone, for example by continuing the high-tech strategy. Nevertheless EFI Chairman Dietmar Harhoff asked the government to remove weak points in the German innovation system.