Survey for the European elections

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The European Union’s (EU) budget for Research and Innovation ranks as the 3rd largest item in the total EU budget. In the forthcoming years, Research and Innovation are poised to be paramount in preparing the EU to confront pressing societal challenges such as climate change, health crises, energy transition, as well as ensuring strategic autonomy and development.

Over twenty years ago, the Union established the ambitious goal of transitioning into a knowledge-based society, committing to allocate 3% of its GDP (at national and EU levels) towards research and innovation. However, this goal remains unmet, placing the EU behind its primary global competitors like the USA and China. Investing in and fostering groundbreaking research and innovation within the EU not only drive economic growth but also directly or indirectly impact the quality of higher education for Europe’s 18 million tertiary education students. Additionally, it plays a vital role in attracting and retaining talent, thereby influencing significant segments of the labor market in the long term.

The newly elected European Parliament will wield substantial influence in shaping the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF), especially concerning the next Framework Programme for research and innovation (2028-2034) and the overall balance among the financial framework’s different “pillars.” Given the gravity of these matters, the Initiative for Science in Europe, in collaboration with Eurodoc, ICoRSA, MCAA, and YAE alongside local organizations, has crafted a questionnaire for political parties.

We are keenly interested in your perspectives on issues related to research and innovation. We would greatly appreciate it if you could complete this questionnaire on behalf of your party by May 10, 2024, and/or share it with your EP election candidates. The responses will be made public on a dedicated website and disseminated to EU citizens, Higher Education Institutions, and the media prior to the election.

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