EU budget: Universities condemn plans to cut investment in research
Last week, the finance ministers of the EU member states met to discuss the European Union budget for the coming year in Brussels. Among others, they called for investments in research and innovation to be cut by €491.47 million next year. HRK-President Horst Hippler criticised the decision, calling it a “step in completely the wrong direction”. “It is tragically ironic that the finance ministers want to cut future investments in research within Europe by around €0.5 billion just as the EU Commission publishes a report that points out just how important research is for prosperity in Europe and calls for increased investment,” explains Hippler.