ECA supports the campaign started by the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) asking Member States to keep their commitment to Horizon Europe as high as proposed by the Parliament despite an overall lower investment in the Multiannual Financial Framework, encouraging many more signatures ahead of the Special European Council, 20 February 2020.
EU heads of state or government will discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 during a special meeting of the European Council on 20 February 2020. In his invitation letter, the President of the European Council said: “The time has come to reach an agreement at our level on the Multiannual Financial Framework.”
We agree with ISE that investing in Education, Research, and Innovation is of utmost importance for the future of Europe. The initial proposal made by the Parliament slightly less than one year ago has been slashed by more than 30%, way beyond the cuts expected upon Brexit. Such a low commitment to Horizon Europe will have a negative impact on European economy. Member States should reconsider their current stance.
We will subscribe to the petition as entire organization and ask our members to sign it and spread the voice to their communities to reach the maximum number of signatures.
For more information, please check the ISE press release: https://initiative-se.eu/he-petition-press-release
Everybody supporting this request to invest more in education, research and innovation, should sign up to the ‘petition in English’ AND in addition can choose to sign it in one or several of the 12 Member States we have translated the letter for already. To sign the petition, please follow this link: https://initiative-se.eu/he-petition/