On 10 April, the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) and Neth-ER organised a networking event about widening participation: “Bridging the EU innovation divide”. A lively panel consisting of different stakeholders from the knowledge community as well as from the EU institutions discussed what should be done to overcome the innovation gap. This was followed by a matchmaking session during which participants could share their thoughts on the issue.
On the eve of the closing of the public consultation on EU funds in the area of cohesion, the Dutch knowledge community will present its vision for Cohesion policy post-2020. Please join us on 6 March for the presentation of the Neth-ER vision paper “Together for knowledge-driven growth”.
Erasmus+ needs to have a bigger budget and be more inclusive, according to the Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation. Most countries agree on these issues and other key areas for improvement, but there are small differences. These nuances tell us more about the different priorities throughout Europe, but how do these compare and what do the national evaluations tell us about the status quo? Neth-ER takes you along the main points of the ongoing discussion in this editorial, which considers and compares 20 national evaluations.
On 25 January Neth-ER and VLEVA organised the event “Shaping the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: From Horizon 2020 to FP9”. A keynote speech by Rosalinde van der Vlies from the European Commission and a speech by MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt provided the basis for fruitful discussions between European stakeholder organisations about excellence, citizen involvement and synergies.
What do countries and other stakeholders want FP9 to look like? More budget, a focus on excellence or widening participation? Would the European Innovation Council be a useful initiative or does it only add to the complexity of the programme? A comparison of views expressed in different position papers gives us an insight in what FP9 should look like according to them.
FP9 should be part of a coherent ‘knowledge first’ policy in order for Europe to take a leading role and to optimally develop its knowledge-based society. This is one of the key conditions for FP9, according to Neth-ER. FP9 should have a budget of at least 120 billion euros to realise its ambitions concerning excellence, cooperation and impact.