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Coimbra Group meets Commissioner Gabriel

08 July 2020

On 7 July the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board, Prof Ludovic Thilly and Prof Jürgen Barkhoff, and the Office Director, Emmanuelle Gardan, held a very constructive meeting with the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel to discuss her priorities in relation to universities and exchange with her on how the Coimbra Group could further support the EC agenda in these areas.

The meeting addressed a broad range of issues, including the investments for Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe in the future MFF and EU recovery package, the European Digital Education Plan, the upcoming Communications on the European Research Area and the European Education Area, as well as actions to effectively build synergies between the two.

We are also immensely grateful to Commissioner Gabriel for honouring us with her presence at the Coimbra Group 2021 Annual Conference to take place at Charles University in Prague on 16-18 June 2021. Another meeting with Mariya Gabriel will be organized after the summer break: this will be the opportunity to discuss the recent deal reached by reached by the European Council and for the EU’s 2021-27 MFF and 2021-23 Next Generation EU recovery fund.