European universities cannot agree with the budget that the European Council (European Union heads of state or government) wants to allocate to research, innovation and education in the period 2021-2027. President Charles Michel's recent proposal would cut €5 billion from Horizon Europe, among other things. As a result, part of the research budget of the European universities would be lost, they write.
On behalf of the LERU partnership (of which the University of Amsterdam is a member), Secretary-General Kurt Deketelaere spoke out against the budget proposals. According to him, these are a ‘complete disgrace’ for European research, and not in line with the ambitions previously expressed by the European Union to make European society more digital and climate-friendly.