EU’s poorest country is the exemplar for why national systems need fixing before there is any preferential treatment in Horizon Europe. As things stand, more funding for R&D in Romania would be ‘money thrown out of the window’
Research and innovation in central Europe is held back by the emigration of scientists and engineers. Rather than framing policies around encouraging their permanent return, the EU should help universities establish brain networks, in which modern communications enable scientists in the diaspora to contribute to research at home.
Romanian MEP Dan Nica, rapporteur on Horizon Europe, wants to make it harder for non-EU scientists to win grants. “We don’t have enough money to send around the world,” he says. Many argue his ideas would damage science
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