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TUNISIA JOINS HORIZON 2020
unisian scientists are set to benefit from
Horizon 2020 on a par with EU member
states following the signing of a bilateral
The deal will be signed by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for
Research, Science and Innovation, and Chaudhary Bouden, Tunisian
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Moedas said: “I am pleased to welcome
Tunisia into Horizon 2020, the biggest programme for research and
innovation in the world.
“This agreement is an historical one. It shows that through research and
innovation, the EU is supporting the young Tunisian democracy and helping
to invest in knowledge as a foundation of future development. Tunisia’s
accession also shows how a research policy open to the world can bring
novel ideas and enrich our common research efforts.”
The association agreement allows
for enhanced co-operation in R&I
and sees Tunisian research
institutes, universities, businesses
and individual researchers enjoy
access to the opportunities and
funds of Horizon 2020 in fields
ranging from blue sky research to
demonstration projects. Tunisian
SMEs and companies will
additionally be able to benefit from
increased support to develop new
ideas and bring products and
services to the market.
The agreement should enter into force starting in 2016, after ratification
by the Tunisian Parliament.
1 December 2015
EU STRIKES BUDGET DEAL
he EU has reached an agreement on the 2016
budget, which has been set at €155bn in
commitments and €144bn in payment credits.
Negotiators finalised the deal in the early hours of Saturday, the European
The budget sees more money assigned to aid refugees in the EU
Neighbourhood, whilst also boosting investment in competitiveness, jobs
and growth, as well as supporting the recovery of the European economy.
Kristalina Georgieva, Commission Vice-President for Budget and Human
Resources, commented: “At a moment when Europe is under pressure on
a number of fronts, and must stand united, we are focusing resources on
priorities. In a tight budget, we include a significant increase to deal with
the refugee crisis and more investment to create growth and jobs. We are
working to get the best possible results for European taxpayers.”
more than €4bn
to address the
refugee crisis in
both the EU
and the countries
are coming from.
Meanwhile, nearly half the funds (€69.8bn in commitments) will be to
stimulate growth, employment and competitiveness.
There will also be €2bn in commitments and €500m in payments for the
guarantee fund of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, with
Horizon 2020 receiving €10bn in payments in 2016, up 11.6% from 2015.
€1.8bn in payments, a 30% increase on this year, has also been allocated
16 November 2015
SCIENCE EUROPE ELECTS
he General Assembly of Science Europe has
elected a new president, vice-presidents,
and governing board.
The new president, Professor Michael Matlosz, began his professional
research career in 1985 in the Department of Materials Science at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, prior to his appointment
in 1993 as university professor of process engineering at the National
School for Advanced Study of the Chemical Industries, the chemical
engineering faculty of the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France.
A specialist in the application of microtechnologies for performance
enhancement in chemical production, from 2005 to 2009 he initiated
and directed a major European research initiative, IMPULSE, dedicated
to innovation in the chemical process industries.
Matlosz was director of ENSIC-
Nancy from 2006 to 2011 and
director of the French National
Research Agency’s Department of
Exploratory and Emerging Research
from 2011 until his appointment as
president and CEO in 2014. He is also a member of the National
Academy of Technologies of France.
Professor Emilio Lora-Tamayo, president of the Spanish National
Research Council, has been re-elected as vice-president for a second
mandate, while Professor Ingrid Petersson, director general of the
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Science and
Spatial Planning, has been elected as vice-president for the first time.
The other eight members of the newly elected governing board include
both heads of Science Europe member organisations who were
members of the previous board as well as new members.
20 November 2015
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