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Italy warned of ‘huge problem’ when EU Covid fund ends


President of evaluation agency says researchers will be left without support

Italy’s research sector has been warned that the 2026 end of the EU’s Covid-19 recovery fund, which has bolstered public spending on research and innovation in the country in recent years, will cause a “huge problem”.

Next Generation EU has a total budget of over €800 billion to spend on investments and reforms in prescribed areas, including R&I, from 2021 to 2026. Italy’s share of the total, prior to revisions currently underway, amounts to over €191bn, of which about 36 per cent is in grants and the remainder in loans.

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