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Research and training may bear brunt of Europe’s budget deficit

Europe’s research funding programme Framework 7 is likely to be threatened by cuts in 2013 as the European Commission spreads an €8-billion (£6.8bn) shortfall in the total European Union budget among its various spending programmes.

Last month, the European Parliament accepted a deal in which member states would pay out an extra €6bn to help tackle a €9bn shortfall from 2012. However, the remaining shortfall of €3bn will have to come out of the EU’s 2013 budget. On top of this, the overall budget for 2013 is €5bn lower than requested by the Commission, meaning Framework 7 could be in line for cuts again this year.

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