Dear Rector, Dear President, Dear Colleague,
UNICA, together with 12 European Higher Education networks and associations, has signed a joint statement calling upon the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council to double the budget for research, innovation and education in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF).
The statement is a result of an initiative by LERU and follows three consultation rounds in which UNICA actively participated.
As the discussion on the post-2020 long-term budget of the European Union are entering a final stage, it is paramount that due attention is given to those areas which constitute prerequisites for Europe’s future growth and global competitiveness, that is European education, research and innovation. I warmly invite you to read the entire statement and make it available to the relevant policy-makers in your countries, including Ministers of Finance and Higher Education.
I take this opportunity to thank Ms Diana Pustula, Chair of EU Research Liaison Officers Group (University of Warsaw) who represented us at the networks meeting and who provided valuable input in the drafting process. My warm thanks also go to UNICA SC members and Members of EU Research Liaison Officers Core Group for their important remarks.
You can also follow the discussions on Twitter: #UniversitiesUnitedonMFF
Prof. Luciano Saso