Plan for E.U. research funds raises ire

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Science  24 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6233, pp. 379-380
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6233.379

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A battle has erupted in Brussels over the European Commission's plan to raid funds earmarked for research, in a bid to boost Europe's lagging economy. Announced in November, the plan involves diverting €2.7 billion from the European Union's 2014 to 2020 research budget to create a new E.U. investment fund. Member states like the idea, and commission officials insist there is no cause for alarm. But scientists protested, and now the European Parliament appears to have heard them. Earlier this week it voted to oppose raiding the research budget, setting the stage for lengthy negotiations with the Council of Ministers, which represents member states.