Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

ACTIVITIES 2006

BUDAPEST DECLARATION ON EUROPEAN RESEARCH

ENSURE ADEQUATE FUNDS

IN VIEW OF THE FORTHCOMING EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON 15/16 JUNE 2006, THE

CENTRAL- AND EASTERN EUROPEAN NETWORK 1

ISSUED THE FOLLOWING DECLA-

RATION ON 26 MAY 2006 IN BUDAPEST:

• THE NETWORK FULLY SUPPORTS THE “DECLARATION OF THE FORUM 2

OF THE

VISEGRAD GROUP OF ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES” FORMULATED ON 24-25 APRIL

2006 IN PRAGUE (ATTACHED TO THIS DOCUMENT).

• THE NETWORK REGRETS 3

THAT FUNDING ALLOCATED FOR EU RESEARCH FOR

THE PERIOD 2007-2013 IS CONSIDERABLY BELOW THE LEVEL REQUESTED BY THE

EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND RECOMMENDED BY THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.

IT IS INADEQUATE TO BOOST EUROPE’S COMPETITIVENESS. THE NETWORK INVI-

TES THE EU LEADERS TO COMPENSATE FOR THIS WITHIN THE AGREED MULTI-

ANNUAL FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE. STRUCTURAL FUNDS MUST BE SPECIFICALLY

USED TO SUPPORT R&D AND INNOVATION RELATED INITIATIVES INCLUDING

RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS WOULD BE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR

THE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN THE NETWORK. THESE COUNTRIES HAVE

SIGNIFICANT INTELLECTUAL POTENTIAL AND COULD OFFER IMPORTANT CONTRI-

BUTIONS TO THE 7TH EU RTD FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME AND THE COMPETITIVE-

NESS AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME.

• THE NETWORK WISHES TO RESTATE THAT A EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR TECHNO-

LOGY MUST RECEIVE ADEQUATE FUNDS AND ITS STRUCTURE MUST BE FLEXIBLE

TO ATTRACT WORLD-CLASS INDIVIDUALS. THE INITIATIVE MUST NOT BE AT THE

EXPENSE OF OTHER EU FUNDED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES INCLUDING SOCIAL SCI-

ENCES AND HUMANITIES. THE NETWORK IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A MORE ELA-

BORATED PROPOSAL.

THE NETWORK REQUESTS THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND ARTS TO

ENSURE THE TRANSMISSION OF THIS DOCUMENT TO THE HEADS OF STATE OR

GOVERNMENT PRIOR TO THE FORTHCOMING EUROPEAN COUNCIL.

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