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EUA has prepared special materials and a timeline for members to join and support the collective campaign on EU-level investment in research, education and innovation. In the second semester of 2019, EU member states are expected to reach an agreement on the bloc’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2028. It is therefore important to reinforce collective action to raise the visibility of the sector during the negotiations.
EUA proposes that members write to ministers of finance and foreign affairs, communicate on the value of EU investment in research, innovation and education at sector level and liaise with national rectors’ conferences. To do this, EUA had produced bullet points for media releases, a template letter for the ministers of finance and foreign affairs and updated visuals summarising key messages for social media. The Association also proposes one hashtag to unify and monitor the campaign: #unlockEUfuture
In the context of the campaign, EUA will liaise with European media and reach out to member state governments, as well as members of the European Parliament. This week, EUA President Rolf Tarrach and President-Elect Michael Murphy signed an editorial in The Parliament Magazine outlining why investing in education, research and innovation is an investment in the EU’s future, especially in terms of empowering people and sufficiently backing ambitious plans. They also point out that the final negotiations of the next seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework present an opportunity to significantly step up funding for European research and education, both at home and collectively at the European level.
This was the topic of the INVITED project’s peer learning seminar on 14 June at University College Dublin in Ireland. University leaders from 15 countries discussed their strategies and approaches towards equity, diversity and inclusion.
On 21 May, Turkish Scholar Ayşe Gül Altınay was sentenced to prison for “aiding a terrorist organisation as a non-member”. EUA is deeply concerned by the growing pressures exerted on university autonomy and academic freedom in Turkey.
The partners of the project “Linking academic recognition and quality assurance” (LIREQA) have published recommendations on how fair and effective academic recognition practices can be supported through internal and external quality assurance.
EUA, Universities Finland and Universities Norway strongly support the “Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication”. It brings forward “balanced multilingualism”, which promotes equality between different needs.
EUA has prepared guidelines for the university sector to influence the national implementation of the EU Copyright Directive. The document highlights the provisions relevant to the sector and the opportunities and dangers involved in their transposition.
The authors of “Plan S” have published revised implementation guidelines. The initiative aims to boost Open Access in scholarly publishing by 2021. EUA welcomes the guidelines, in particular the additional principle on addressing the way research is assessed.