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May 6, 2021

Romanian researchers stage protest in Brussels

The representatives of Romanian researchers, backed by Belgian trade unionists, will picket today the European Commission’s Brussels headquarters, and, next week, they will organize a meeting in the capital, ‘Jurnalul National’ informs. Their dissatisfaction springs from the underfinancing of the field and the dissolving of research institutes. A delegation of ten leaders is heading to Brussels to present a memorandum to the European Commissioner for research, innovation and science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Researchers call for a budget rectification and the raising of the scientific research budget at 1 per cent of GDP, as well as for putting an end to the liquidation of scientific research units, by the illegal merging of institutes and by their absorption by the universities or their dissolution as a legal entity, by the failure to pay salary rights, in some case for over six months. Trade unionists claim that the education bill is placing Romanian research at disadvantage, as all the money will be managed by the universities, rather than by institutes, and argue that research should remain an autonomous field.

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