Dear GEDI members,
The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) discussion is going to reach its final steps soon. There is a meeting of the EU Council on February 20, where they will try to reach an agreement. News from many Member States hint that the contribution will shrink to 1% of their GNI (Gross National Income), way below the 1.07% proposed by Finnish presidency in December, and even further away from the 1,11% proposed by the Parliament.
This decision will have a major impact on the budget for Horizon Europe, and may well bring it down to 75Bn EUR, approximately 20% less than expected after the Finnish presidency proposal. Therefore, to avoid such a scenario comes true, it is very important for researchers to act swiftly and strongly.
The Initiative for Science in Europe has launched a campaign to advocate for a higher budget by putting pressure on national governments.
It is really essential for the researchers to support this petition and share among the wider research community. For details, please kindly have a look at the links below:
This is the webpage of the campaign: https://initiative-se.eu/he-petition/
A press release about the initiative can be found at: https://initiative-se.eu/he-petition-press-release