LERU welcomes proposed EC science advice mechanism
In a reaction to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's announcement that a new science advice mechanism is to be set up for the Commission, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) welcomed this decision on scientific support of EU policy development.
LERU is pleased that, based on a proposal by Commissioner Moedas, the Commission has reflected with leading scientists about the development of this new "Scientific Advice Mechanism" (SAM), aiming for an integrated approach to science-based EU policy making. LERU also particularly welcomed the Commission's plans to appoint a high-level group of scientists to forge links with organisations with a proven track record of scientific expertise.
In addition, LERU also appreciated the fact that the European Commission had consulted with several Nobel Prize winners about the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), how the impact of EFSI on the EU R&I budget can be minimised, and how a real multiplier effect of resources for R&I can be created. This issue had been highly critically viewed by the scientific community so far.
Prof. Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU, said that "An open and continuous dialogue between the scientific community and the EU policy makers is absolutely crucial and necessary. An important step has been made today. It will hopefully be followed by many others, so that society at large can fully benefit from the research it is, wisely and correctly, funding."
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