On 22 November 2018, Neth-ER is organising its annual international networking event in Brussels. This year’s theme is ‘Knowledge first: ambitions for the future of Europe’. Gert-Jan Koopman, Director-General of DG Budget, will be the keynote speaker. Neth-ER board members will also be present at the event to further discuss this topic with you.
The design of Horizon Europe, built on the solid base provided by Horizon 2020 and the introduction of Sustainable Development Goals as key impact parameters are welcomed by the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU). However, more budget, in particular for pillar one and two, is needed to achieve the ambitious goals set out by the Commission.
On 26 June, Neth-ER organised the event ‘Beyond 2020: the next generation of EU knowledge programmes’: a full day with presentations and discussions about the proposals for Erasmus, Horizon Europe and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Representatives from the Dutch knowledge community, government and the EU institutions took the opportunity to discuss their views on the proposals. All proposals were generally welcomed by the audience, however, many questions are still left unanswered.
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.
To stimulate innovation and convergence in Europe, further investment in interregional cooperation is needed. Regions should be encouraged to combine their forces and work together in pan-European programmes on the basis of shared specialisations. This is one of the key messages of Neth-ER's vision paper on Cohesion Policy post-2020. Neth-ER calls for a ’knowledge first’ policy, where education, research and innovation are embedded in all EU policy areas, including Regional Policy.
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”.