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30 Nov 2017

Science meets Regions event calls for budget for strong R&I ecosystems in regions

On 29 November 2017, the second "Science meets Regions" event took place at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). The Science meets Regions event entitled "Maximising the Impact of Science for Regions and Cities in Current and Future EU Policies", was held on the second day of the Science meets Parliaments event at the European Parliament and focused on the role of science in a post-fact society, and on the role of science and R&I in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), recalled that approximately 11 billion euros over a period of 7 years could be lost from the EU research and innovation budget after the withdrawal of the UK. He called for a strong future link between the EU's R&I and structural and investment funds, and for increasing the synergies between them and other financing instruments, adding that the active contribution and political support of EU's regions and cities was indispensable for achieving more viable regional innovation ecosystems.

Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES), rapporteur of the CoR opinion on mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 programme, spoke along similar lines, calling for a global approach for European R&I funding where the role of regional innovation ecosystems is recognised. He advocated for the "territorial connection" proposal as a new tool to implement European research and innovation policies and the future framework programme, saying that EU-funding R&I was "currently ... too much focalised on certain Member States and their top universities".

MEP Eva Maydell (BG/EPP) stressed the importance of investing in human capital and closing the digital divide, also calling for coupling R&I funds with cohesion policy instruments and the European Social Fund.

Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), highlighted the essential contribution that scientific knowledge brings to decision-making processes at all levels and as a consequence the need to promote and expand a regular dialogue between scientists and policy-makers also at local and regional level.

For more information:

Committee of the Regions - press release

Photo: Science meets Regions, by CoR










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