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EU considering new support for researchers under threat


Plan for ministerial position on bloc’s international R&D ties suggests nurturing non-EU scholars at risk

The Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU, which is coordinating member states’ EU-related work from July to December, has suggested the bloc consider setting up structures to support non-EU researchers whose academic freedom is being threatened.

The suggestion appears in a presidency text on the Council’s planned reaction to the European Commission’s global R&D strategy, which was published on 18 May and won a warm reception from research lobbyists.

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