Researchers in poorer member states should not be paid more than their normal national pay for working on EU projects, the League of European Research Universities has said.
It would be “disproportionate” for researchers based in so-called widening countries to be paid 25 per cent above their national rate for working on EU projects, when other researchers would only get their base rate, Leru said in a position paper on 6 December. Widening countries are those with low participation in the programme, for which some targeted schemes exist.
The paper set out the university group’s stance on the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme Horizon Europe. Its comments on pay were made in response to proposals setting out salary increases, which were adopted by the European Parliament’s research committee in November.