EU science budget talks falter

European Union leaders failed to reach an agreement over the EU budget in late June, but Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Research, says it doesn't have to be a setback for research in the region.

Jane Burgermeister
Jul 17, 2005
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European Union leaders failed to reach an agreement over the EU budget in late June, but Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Research, says it doesn't have to be a setback for research in the region. Potocnick put a positive spin on the budget summit collapse, saying it could now open up a new debate about EU spending. "If a real discussion now starts about having a budget that looks forward to the future and spends more on science and research, then it could turn out to be a good thing," says his spokesperson, Antonia Mochan.

Potocnik's comments may help reassure European scientists concerned that the collapse of the EU summit and the failure to agree on a budget could have negative consequences for research, delaying projects and slashing funds, and potentially hindering the formation of a new European Research Council (ERC).

The European Commission had proposed a doubling of the...