The ECOFIN proposal of cuts in the Horizon 2020 programme

Higher education institutions in Europe are worried about the proposal made by the members of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), i.e. the financial ministers of the EU member states, who seem to agree that Europe’s economic growth needs to be financed from the Horizon 2020 programme.

More and more higher education institutions, associations and networks are worried about the European Commission’s proposal to cut EUR 2.7 billion from the Horizon 2020 programme in order to overcome Europe’s investment problems. The Commission’s initiative, called European Funding for Strategic Investments (EFSI), might end up reducing the budget of the European Research Council, which includes ERC grants, Marie Sklodowska-Curie funding, and the Societal Challenges pillar dealing with collaborative research.

LERU and its partner organisations in the ERA Platform (CESAER, EARTO, EUA, Science Europe) have publicly and jointly made a press release in which they publicly and jointly criticize the proposal of the European Commission.

The European University Association (EUA) argues that “cutting this budget would downgrade the importance of research funding at a European level”. Read more about the EUAappeal to the Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker and to the members of the European Parliament in  the EUA news.

We need to discuss the implications of the proposal for our universities in Sweden and with partner universities.


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