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University chiefs criticise EU post pandemic growth plans

Research and education ‘left out’, leaders warn, as post-coronavirus budget panders to frugal countries

France’s Conference of University Presidents, the CPU, has said it “deplores” cuts to research in the EU’s plan to restart the bloc’s shattered economy following the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders of the 27 EU member states last week agreed the bloc’s 2021-27 budget, the multi-annual financial framework, plus a €750 billion pandemic recovery plan. The agreement bridges a gap between the so-called frugal countries Denmark, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands, who preferred aid in the form of low-interest loans, and other nations seeking no-strings bailouts for industries struggling economically after months-long lockdowns.

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