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University sectors from five European countries have expressed grave concerns over proposed cuts to Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation programme. In January, the European Commission adopted the legislative proposal for the In a If cuts cannot be avoided, MEPs are urged to ensure that unused EFSI funds are redirected into Horizon 2020; to guarantee that a significant percentage of EFSI funding is ensured for projects with a clear research and innovation focus; and to provide clear research criteria for EFSI projects, among others. These mechanisms would serve to protect the European research and innovation system, which is upheld by the university sectors as essential to European job creation and growth.
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