27 / 07 / 2017

Science|Business Article: EU Budget Chief Wants to Protect Research from Cuts in 2021-2027 Budget Cycle

by Eanna Kelly, Science|Business

Günther Oettinger says research should be the only programme spared spending cuts as the EU weighs how to make up for losing the UK’s €11B per annum contribution.

Research should be the only EU programme spared spending cuts in the post-2020 budget period, EU Commission budget chief Günther Oettinger said on Tuesday, as Brussels looks for ways to cover the hole blown in its budget by the departure of the UK.

By the middle of next year, the Commission will publish a proposal for the EU’s trillion euro budget plans for the next financing period that begins in 2021.

“There is no guarantee that any programme will avoid cuts”, the Commissioner for budget and human resources said. “But if I had one option, it would be to avoid cuts to [research].

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