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Joint statement from Coimbra Group Rectors’ Advisory Group and Executive Board on the next European Multiannual Financial Framework and the recovery instrument “Next Generation EU”

16 June 2020

The Coimbra Group welcomes the recent proposal for the next European Multiannual Financial Framework and the recovery instrument, “Next Generation EU”. It commends in particular the specific top-up allocated to the Horizon Europe programme. We would, however, wish to express our great concerns about the missing explicit support, in the recovery instrument, for Education and specifically the Erasmus+ programme. We feel the need to recall that the future of Europe will crucially depend on the support given to its young people and their commitment to the further development of Europe. We therefore once again call on the EU institutions as well as on national policy makers to strengthen their investment in Knowledge, in particular in education and research, and ask for a more ambitious budget plan which includes both Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes in the pool of recovery instruments.


16 June 2020


The Coimbra Group Rectors‘ Advisory Group

Patrick Gilli, Rector of University Paul-Valery Montpellier 3, Honorary President

Tomáš Zima,  Rector of Charles University in Prague

Wojciech Nowak, Rector of Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Rosario Rizzuto, Rector of  the University of Padova

Luc Sels, Rector of KU Leuven

Pilar Aranda Ramírez, Rector of the University of Granada

Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University


The Coimbra Group Executive Board

Ludovic Thilly (University of Poitiers), Chair

Jürgen Barkhoff (Trinity College Dublin), Vice-Chair

Cláudia Cavadas (University of Coimbra)

Daniel Donoghue (Durham University)

Johnny Laursen (Aarhus University)

Dorota Malec (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)

Lenka Rovná (Charles University in Prague)

Efrem Yildiz Sadak (University of Salamanca)

Elmer Sterken (University of Groningen)

Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena)


PDF version of the statement :

Joint Statement MFF and Next Generation EU