Leaving development cooperation behind: is the EU turning its back on Agenda 2030?

Brussels – 14 June 2018 While many are rejoicing at the prospects of increased resources for external action in the face of Brexit, this is by no means justified. The proposal for a Neighborhood, Development, International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) does not constitute an EU pledge to support partner countries’ efforts to “leave no one behind”. Read More …

Ensuring EU funded medical R&I delivers for EU citizens and beyond: Civil society reaction to the European Commission’s proposal on Horizon Europe

Full reaction here Brussels, 7 June  We, the undersigned twenty one civil society organisations, raise our strong concern about the European Commission proposal on the next research framework programme Horizon Europe which fails to make a serious commitment to ensure public interest-driven biomedical R&I. Though the challenge of access to medicines has long been a Read More …

Industrial competitiveness as ‘societal challenge’? Ensuring accountability and societal impact in Horizon Europe

CSO reaction to the Commission’s FP9 proposal Full reaction here Brussels, 7 June The European Commission proposal for a regulation establishing the Union’s ninth research and innovation (R&I) framework programme Horizon Europe, suggests to include “industrial competitiveness” in the objectives and name of the future 2nd pillar “global challenges”. This would be a serious mistake. Read More …

Lutte contre les pandémies : les associations saluent la décision de la France d’accueillir la conférence de reconstitution des ressources du Fonds mondial

(Paris, le 16 mai 2018) Nos associations se félicitent que la France ait décidé d’accueillir la 6ème conférence de reconstitution du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme en 2019 annoncée dans un communiqué de presse de l’Élysée le 16 mai 2018. Nos ONG saluent cette annonce très attendue qui réaffirme Read More …

Civil society reaction to leaked proposal for next EU research programme

Civil society has published a reaction to the leaked impact assessment of the next EU Research Framework Programme (FP9) and the European Commission’s proposal to merge of parts of Horizon 2020 Pillar II with Pillar III into one pillar “Global Challenges”. The next programme will build on the current programme Horizon 2020, which include three pillars Read More …

Engaging citizens and civil society in defining FP9’s missions and maximising societal impact

There is wide recognition that engagement of civil society organisations and citizens has been suboptimal in defining research and innovation (R&I) priorities in Horizon 2020 and in previous EU Research Framework Programmes. Given the increasing importance of communicating, connecting and engaging with European citizens and civil society on the definition of research priorities, this brief Read More …