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    On Saturday 14 November 2015, the negotiators of the European Parliament and European Council agreed on the EU budget for next year. This agreement comes before the end of the limited conciliation period when both institutions have to reach a compromise, denoting that the 2016 budget will be implemented in time. Considering the wider economic and political context and pressures on the overall EU budget, the outcomes regarding Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, two EU funding programmes of major importance to European universities, can be regarded positively.


    On 23 October 2015 the EUA Council decided to take forward a recommendation made by EUA’s Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science to develop a roadmap to assist European universities in the transition to Open Access.


    On 5 November 2015, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) met in Brussels to discuss recent developments in the research and innovation area and prepare forthcoming EUA activities in this policy area.


    In spring 2015, EUA Solutions, one of EUA’s special membership services, concluded an evaluation exercise at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the management of doctoral education at the university.


    19 November 2015

    Commission launches SAM

    The European Commission’s new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) was launched on 10 November 2015 announcing the seven leading scientists who will form the first High Level Group of scientific advisors. The seven members of the High Level Group were selected following an open call for nominations and the recommendations of an independent identification committee.


    The German Rectors’ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz - HRK) has today, 11 November, launched an initiative for ‘Open Universities’, calling on its members to stand up against any form of xenophobia, and to defend the basic university values of openness, tolerance and diversity against the backdrop of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. The European University Association (EUA) welcomes and fully supports the HRK’s initiative.


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