France’s higher education and research budget for 2019 has been voted through the National Assembly, to the dismay of unions who say that its rise in spending is insufficient.
The higher education and research section of France’s 2019 budget was voted through the National Assembly on 13 November. It was largely unchanged from the proposal presented to ministers in September and includes, according to the government, a boost of €549 million compared with 2018.
However, in a statement published on 19 November, 12 research and higher education unions said that the increase in spending is largely illusory. By their calculations, it is closer to €500m, which would represent an increase of 1.8 per cent on 2018. With inflation predicted to be 1.3 per cent in 2019, the unions said the real rise in science spending would be €144m.