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New EU Commissioners Open Letter: the EPS asks for engagement

Monday 23 September 2019  
Posted by: gina gunaratnam
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Dear Colleague,

We ask for your urgent engagement: the candidates for the new EU commissioners were presented last week. In the  new commission the areas of education and research are not explicitly  represented anymore and instead are subsumed under the "innovation and  youth" title. This emphasizes economic exploitability (i.e. "innovation") over its foundation, which is education and research, and it reduces “education” to “youth” while being essential to all ages. We fear consequences for the budget of Horizon Europe as well.
EPS, as representative of members of the scientific community of Europe, wish to address this situation and emphasize both to the general public, as well as to relevant politicians on the national and European Union level, that without dedication to education and research and a consequent adequate investment by the EU, there will neither exist a sound basis for innovation in Europe, nor can we fulfill the promise of a high standard of living for the citizens of Europe in a fierce global competition.

We therefore ask you to sign an open letter at and to invite scientists from all fields of science to do the same.

The hearing of the new commissioner for innovation and  youth will be on 30-09-2019 and more than 10000 signatures are needed before that date.
Thank you for your engagement!

With best regards

Petra Rudolf,
EPS President

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