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(League of European Research Universites)

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It’s done, Let’s start

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is relieved that the European Council reached an agreement on the Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and Next Generation EU (NGEU), and that the European Parliament (EP) and the Competitiveness Council made a final deal on Horizon Europe. (2020-12-11)

If we mess this up we put our future at stake!

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) fully supports the statement of Christian Ehler (Member of the European Parliament, EPP) and calls, again, upon the European Council for an increase of the Horizon Europe budget. We call on EU Heads of States and Governments to ”Match the Green and Digital goals with a budget fit for this age”. (2020-10-22)

In the media: Research leaders alarmed by planned €5bn Horizon Europe cut

LERU Secretary-General, Prof. Kurt Deketelaere, reacts in an article of Research Europe and Science Business on the EU budget proposal of the President of the European Council to cut the proposed Horizon Europe budget with 5 billion euros (2020-07-10)

Brexit delay squeezes Horizon Europe timetable (from Research Professional News)

Uncertainty about the UK’s status is holding up decisions elsewhere, says Kurt Deketelaere. As the UK’s Royal Society recently indicated, regardless of what happens next, the Brexit saga is already affecting universities, in the hiring of staff, recruitment of students, participation in EU-funded research projects, departure of holding grants from the European Research Council and so on. Further information (07 Nov 2019)

Lund University supports the Horizon Europe budget

Lund University has signed the call on Europen level to put pressure on EU for an ambitious EU-budget for research, education and innovation. Lund university is therefore on the list of universities and other stakeholder to defend the Horizon Europe budget and make clear that Horizon Europe matters to Swedish universities. Call (22 July 2019)

Seize our Common Future: Joint Call for an Ambitious Horizon Europe Budget

LERU, together with 14 other Associations of European universities, has drafted a joint call for an ambitious Horizon Europe budget “Seize our Common Future”. The joint call aims at raising awareness of policy makers about the crucial role of research and innovation to help the EU to raise to the challenges it is confronted with. An increased investment in R&I at EU level is essential for a prosperous, safe, inclusive and sustainable future of Europe. The associations participating are: LERU, EUA, EARMA, the Guild, EASSH, ECIU, AURORA, Coimbra group, CESAER, UNICA, SEFI, IDEA League, Yerun, and UNILION. (2019-07-24)

Progress on Horizon Europe needed

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) wants to remind the co-legislators that time is running out regarding the discussions on Horizon Europe, to avoid that agreement on the program is delayed until the autumn or even until next year. Such a delay would likely result in a funding gap between the current and the next Framework Programme (FP). In the long run this will lead to a decrease of interest from top researchers and innovators who will find funding elsewhere, and hence weaken the success and attractiveness of the FP. It would also lead to a stalling of the preparatory work that the European Commission (EC) needs to undertake, for instance on ‘strategic programming’ or the negotiation of association agreements. 

101 Ideas on the future of research and innovation in Europe

Messages from RISE Tour d’Europe 2017-2018, European Comission

Full article​  (2019-03)


Row over Horizon Europe raises risk of delay

A row over who has the power to shape the EU’s next R&D programme is creating a real danger that the multibillion-euro scheme might not be ready to start in 2021, which the European Commission says would put thousands of research jobs at risk.

Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the League of European Research Universities, told Research Europe he was feeling “very pessimistic” about an agreement on the 2021-27 Horizon Europe programme being reached before the European Parliament stops work for the election in May. Similar fears over delays dogged the current programme Horizon 2020 during its creation. They were averted at the last minute, but this time around the problems may be greater.

Full article    (2019-02-07)