Open Letter to reinstate Research and Education as EC areas of focus

Open Letter to reinstate Research and Education as EC areas of focus

Dear Colleague(s),

We are writing you for the following reason: the candidates for the new EU commissioners were presented last week. In the new commission the areas of education and research are not explicitly represented anymore and instead are subsumed under the "innovation and youth" title.

This emphasizes economic exploitability (i.e. "innovation") over its foundation, which is education and research, and it reduces “education” to “youth” while being essential to all ages.

We, as members of the scientific community of Europe, wish to address this situation early on and emphasize both to the general public, as well as to relevant politicians on the national and European Union level, that without dedication to education and research there will neither exist a sound basis for innovation in Europe, nor can we fulfill the promise of a high standard of living for the citizens of Europe in a fierce global competition.

President von der Leyen, in her mission letter to commissioner Gabriel (mission-letter [PDF]), has emphasized that “education, research and innovation will be key to our competitiveness”.

We have prepared an open letter at:

to demand that the EU commission revises the title for commissioner Gabriel to “Education, Research, Innovation and Youth” reflecting Europe’s dedication to all of these crucial areas. We also call upon the European Parliament to request this change in name before confirming the nominees for commissioner.

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With best regards,

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bethke (MPI for Physics)
Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla (TU-München)
Prof. Dr. Aldo Deandrea (U-Lyon 1)
Prof. Dr. Carlo Guaraldo (INFN Frascati)
Prof. Dr. Luciano Maiani (U-Roma La Sapienza)
Prof. Dr. Antonio Pich (U-València)
Prof. Dr. Alexander Rothkopf (U-Stavanger)
Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel (U-Heidelberg)

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