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European associations of universities call for doubling of budget for research, innovation and education


The united universities urge the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to support the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (FP9) with a budget of €160 billion euro. This endorses the view of the Lamy Group, which estimated that the investment would add 650,000 jobs to the European economy and 0.46% to GDP by 2040. We thus fully support what President Juncker said last week Wednesday in the European Parliament on the funding of Horizon 2020 and FP9: double the present €80 billion to €160 billion.

The investment in research and innovation must also be backed up by continued support for the  successor of of Erasmus+.

The increased investment will promote a sustainable, inclusive and resilient European society in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and allow Europe to become a world leader in areas like future-energy batteries, smart and clean buildings and vehicles, infectious diseases, and the circular economy.

Universities have a vital role in achieving these ambitions and stand as strong and committed partners in the search for solutions to pressing, emerging and future societal challenges.

This joint statement follows up on CESAER’s previous statements on More knowledge for a better world voicing our input for the next overall political agenda, and Key messages for both FP9 and the successor of Erasmus+.

For more information and enquiries, please contact our Secretary General David Bohmert.

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