Past statements (2007-2014)

EuroScience 2014 statements

EuroScience concerned about science based decision making at EU level (17 November 2014):

Euroscience takes note that the European Commission has abolished the position of Chief Science Adviser. We hope that this does not imply that less attention will be paid to scientific insights. We feel strongly that political decisions should be made in the full knowledge of the available scientific evidence. Read more…

The new European Parliament faces its first test: undo cuts in Research and Innovation by Council of Ministers (10 October 2014):

The rhetoric has been there all the while: the European Union will invest in research and innovation because, next to investments in infrastructure such as the trans-European networks, this is the best way to ensure medium- and long-term growth and jobs. Alas, in practice every year the story is also the same. When it comes to establishing the budget for the year ahead, the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) does not count anymore. Read more…

They have chosen ignorance! Sign the petition for European researchers (8 October 2014):

Scientists from different European countries describe in the Open Letter “They have chosen ignorance!” that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society. Read the open letter…

EuroScience: “Maintain, formalize and strengthen role of science advice to policies in Europe” (9 July 2014):

It is almost three years ago that the President of the European Commission appointed a Chief Science Adviser. Since then Prof. Anne Glover, the first incumbent of this position, has been very active in pointing to the importance of basing policies on scientific evidence, and she has contributed enormously to spread this message both to politicians and to scientists. Read more…

EuroScience supports appeals to the EU Council of Ministers to reject amendments of the European Parliament that will be deleterious for research and eventually for health care and society (10 June 2014):

The European Commission the EU Council and the European Parliament are currently debating a new General Data Protection Regulation. The Commission proposal clearly recognized that for scientific research, in particular health research, the most strict regime, saying basically data shall be anonymized or formal consent by all individuals has to be given, would have disastrous consequences. Read more…

New European Parliament not to sit back on science, technology and innovation (16 May 2014):

Budget stability for several years is welcome not least in for research and innovation with their longer-term nature. But the European Parliament should do well to bear in mind that the challenges Europe will face in science, technology and innovation require more than monitoring how the EU budget is spent. Read more…

EuroScience 2013 statements and earlier

EU Council keeps undercutting its own commitments to growth by research and innovation (26 September 2013):

The political agreement which the European Council and the European Parliament reached late June 2013 on the Multiannual Financial Framework, which would fund Horizon 2020 with some 70 billion over 2014-2020, is now threatened with a further blow by the Council in the first test – the budget for 2014. Read more…

EuroScience calls for more consultation on Russian Academy of Sciences’ reforms (11 July 2013):

Like several other European countries, Russia badly needs to revitalize its research and innovation system. Read more…

Open Letter on Horizon 2020 to the European leaders (21 January 2013):

As Ireland starts its Presidency of the EU, we consider it important to place before you the case for full funding of the EU Horizon 2020 programme in Research and Innovation. Read more…

Euroscience: EU MUST invest in growth and jobs and cut unfair agricultural subsidies (14 November 2012):

Euroscience endorses the appeal of European Nobel and Field medal laureates who warn about the disastrous implications of cuts in European budgets for research and innovation. Now that the Cypriot EU Presidency has put the first figures on the table, Euroscience calls on Europe’s political leaders to put their money where their mouth is. They should increase the 80 billion € budget proposed by the European Commission for Horizon 2020 with 5 billion € to 85 billion € and decrease the budget for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with at least this amount. Read more…

EuroScience on l’Aquila: Science to learn, not to be sentenced; public authorities to be centre stage (26 October 2012):

Euroscience strongly opposes the sentencing of seven Italian scientists, mostly seismologists, one being an Italian official, by an Italian judge for manslaughter for failure to warn and prepare the population of l’Aquila properly against the devastating earthquake in 2009. Euroscience believes that this sentence completely misjudges the nature of science, the responsibility of the scientific community and the way they should engage with policy and society at large. It also misjudges the responsibility of the public authorities. Read more…

A Euroscience Position Paper on Horizon 2020: the challenge is living up to expectations (23 January 2012):

Euroscience strongly welcomes Horizon 2020 and sees considerable promise along with improvements on past practices. We do, naturally, also have some substantive suggestions and some significant criticisms to offer as well. Read more…

A letter of support concerning the situation of the Turkish Academy of Science (12 October 2011):

It has been brought to our attention that the independence of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) is in serious jeopardy due to recent declarations by the Turkish government. Read more…

A Euroscience statement on the proposed EU Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation (19 May 2011):

Euroscience presents its views on the EC Green Paper on the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation. Apart from the merger, the Green Paper does not give the impression of a radical re-thinking of the EU research and innovation policies. Read more…

Euroscience Statement on the threat of budget cuts in science in Europe (18 October 2010):

Euroscience presents its views on the EC Green Paper on the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation. Apart from the merger, the Green Paper does not give the impression of a radical re-thinking of the EU research and innovation policies. Read more…

EuroScience statement on the European Research Council (29 September 2009):

Euroscience addressed its observations concerning the ERC review to the European Commission. Read more…

EuroScience statement on the new European Research Area (27 September 2007):

Euroscience welcomes the Green paper and the wide consultative process initiated by the European Commission. However, it is rather concerned at some aspects of the procedure. Read more…

For more details on EuroScience past achievements, please refer to these two EuroScience activity reports, What Euroscience has done for the science and technology community in 2011? and EuroScience next objective: 100 years: Reflections after the first 10 years (2007).