21 Sep 2023
LERU publishes statement on research careers Council Recommendation
LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has published a statement in reaction to the European Commission's proposal of 13 July 2023 for a Council Recommendation that establishes a new European framework for research careers, a new Charter for Researchers, and the European Competence Framework for Researchers (ResearchComp). These measures will contribute to ERA priority action 4, promoting attractive and sustainable research careers.
LERU's statement was published on 20 September 2023. LERU welcomes the set of measures adopted by the EC adopted 13 July 2023 and appreciates the Commission’s efforts to update the Charter and Code, to elaborate a European Competence Framework for Researchers, to expand and strengthen EURAXESS, to establish a research careers observatoryand to include the research profession in the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) framework.
While stating that the explanatory memorandum that is included in the draft Council Recommendation and the 43 observations that precede the proposed Council Recommendations give an appropriate overview of the policy discussions that have occurred in the past recent years, LERU claims that they also demonstrate the limits of the approach that the EC has adopted in pursuing better European careers for researchers. The association finds that the toolbox that is provided to universities and member states does not address the fundamental issues that occupy researchers and research institutions, which LERU identifies as:
- Recognition of frontrunners and good practices
- Policy fragmentation as a barrier for the development of a truly European perspective on research careers
- Precariousness of researchers as a direct consequence of the precariousness of funding
In addition, LERU also points out the considerable overlap between the “European framework for attractive and sustainable careers in Higher Education” as it is promoted by the EC's DG EAC, and the ERA priority action 4 “European Framework for Research Careers” under the responsibility of DG RTD.
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