EU Research and Development Directorate-General attempts to tackle bureaucratic functioning

The European institutions have long been criticised for their bureaucracy and lengthy reaction time. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (referred to as DG RTD) is attempting to change that by approving a new “matrix” design and structure for their administration. The new structure, more reminiscent of company designs, is aimed to significantly make things more flexible and modern. Whilst in the past specific policy areas were clearly divided, the new design allows much broader overlap and enables teams to work on a greater diversity of topics or to relate them better to each other. The DG RTD hopes to also work in a more efficient manner with the other Directorate-Generals, whose areas of focus also often overlap. Read the full ScienceBusiness article here. You can also download the new organigram here.

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