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EUA sounds alarm over Romanian research councils

The standards of research at Romanian universities are being threatened by repressive government policy, the European University Association has said.

The recent replacement of Romania’s independent research councils with two state-controlled bodies is deeply concerning, the EUA said in a press release published yesterday. More than 1,000 academics signed a petition against the restructuring when it was first announced by the Romanian government in a 31 January letter.

Since then, the country’s research councils have been dissolved “without due process”, the EUA said. There have been no recent calls for competitive research projects, while existing calls have been delayed, the EUA added.

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