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Academy of Europe slams funds diversion

Cuts to planned Horizon 2020 funding levels would undermine confidence in the EU research system and could lead to the failure of the Framework programme, the Academy of Europe has said.

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on 26 November that he would like to divert €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020 to his investment plan aimed at reactivating the EU economy.  

According to the Academy, Horizon 2020 builds on the huge spending of the previous framework programmes, and their combined results could be seriously affected by cuts due to short-term thinking. “Short-term changes of direction are almost always followed by longer-term failures,” the academy said in a letter released on 3 December and addressed to the three EU law-making institutions.

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