Europe’s leaders slash proposed research budget

Heads of the 27 European Union governments want €8 billion in savings over 7 years.

Alison Abbott

08 February 2013

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, speaking at the European Council meeting where leaders called for cuts in the Union’s research budget. 

It’s bad news for the European Union’s massive research programme. In an acrimonious meeting of the European Council to decide the EU’s general budget for 2014-2020, leaders of the Union’s 27 member states slashed the €77.6 billion research budget proposed by the European Commission in November 2011 back to €69.24 billion.

This may not be the very last word on the fate of the seven-year research programme, known as Horizon 2020. The European Union operates a complex co-decision making system, and budgets must also be agreed upon by the European Parliament…

(continua su nature.com)

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