COVID-19 response should be combined with commitment to long-term EU research, says European parlimentarian
A Member of the European Parliament leading research legislative efforts has praised the European Commission’s quick pooling of funding for research and development to tackle COVID-19 but has called for combining crisis response measures with a long-term commitment to EU research funding.
Christian Ehler, a German conservative and member of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), is the Parliament’s lead on the negotiations around Horizon Europe, the EU’s proposed research framework program for 2021-2027. Ehler urged the EU to ensure the bloc is prepared for the next crisis by investing more in research and ensuring that Horizon Europe is not held hostage in the “short-term squabbles between member states” during the negotiations on the next long-term EU budget, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework.
Press release - European Parliament