as you know, the Multiyear financial framework (MFF) discussion is going to reach its final steps soon. There is a meeting of the EU Council on February 20, where they will try to reach an agreement. News from many Member States hint that the contribution will shrink to 1% of their GNI (Gross National Income), way below the 1.07% proposed by Finnish presidency in December, and even further away from the 1,11% proposed by the Parliament.
This decision will have a major impact on the budget for Horizon Europe, and may well bring it down to 75Bn EUR, approximately 20% less than expected after the Finnish presidency proposal. Therefore, to avoid that such scenario comes true, it is very important for researchers to act swiftly and strongly.
We are supporting a campaign to advocate for a higher budget by putting pressure on national governments. The Initiative for Science in Europe has prepared letters for 12 Member States with the aim to get their learned societies, scientific organizations, and individual researchers to sign the petition.
For a successful campaign, we need your support! Without your active participation, we will not be able to reach the critical mass we need. So, this is what we kindly ask you to:
This is the webpage of the campaign: https://initiative-se.eu/he-petition/
The action in each Country can usefully be complemented by getting highly visible Researchers as well as the Learned Societies, Academies, and Research Institutions/Organizations to put their weight behind the campaign.
Our current goal is to reach tens of thousands of researchers and have them support the petition. Once done, we would use the high number of subscriptions to put pressure on the governments and get a better outcome for Horizon Europe. Ideally, the signature collection will run for a couple of weeks to show a united researchers’ front!
Best wishes, YYYY