08 March 2018 | Position

Where the EU should invest in the future - EUA recommendations for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework and related funding programmes

Addressing Europe’s key challenges and ensuring sustainable development requires the EU to have a well-functioning budget and to revisit its investment priorities. Cooperation in research and education is a key facilitator in achieving these goals and should therefore be a top investment priority for the Union in the future. The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP), the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Erasmus+ (E+) are important tools in channelling such investment, make it available to beneficiaries and provide a framework for cooperation.


Universities, including their students and staff, through their participation in these and other programmes, contribute considerably to the achievement of common EU policy objectives, such as competitive innovation, regional development, social cohesion and integration, as well as job creation.

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