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European Budget Fight Moves to Parliament

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Science  15 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6121, pp. 745
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6121.745

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After last week's marathon negotiating session in Brussels, which sought to set the European Union's budget for the next 7 years, science policy chiefs are breathing a sigh of relief, but also vowing to push for a better deal for research. In the face of an unprecedented 3.4% overall cut, the news that the budget's "competitiveness" section, which includes research spending, had won a 37% increase was welcome. But there's still disappointment that the main science funding program, Horizon 2020, is slated to get €70.96 billion—a significant hit compared with the €80 billion researchers had wanted.

  • * With reporting by Daniel Clery.