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”.
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.