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Universities unite against ‘Europe first’ proposals

Four university associations have jointly condemned efforts by the European Parliament to focus future EU funding on projects that are likely to be commercialised in Europe.

The associations, which together represent dozens of universities from across Europe, published a joint statement on 25 October. They said: “We express our concern regarding recent political developments and discussions, potentially leading to a division of the existing European education, research and innovation landscape and its associated EU funding schemes.”

The statement was a response to proposals from Romanian MEP Dan Nica, who is one of the Parliament’s two leads on Horizon Europe, the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme. Nica has proposed that the programme should prioritise projects that commit to commercialising their results in the EU ahead of other territories.

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