Labour MEP Alex Mayer today warned the Government needed to make decisions quickly on which EU schemes it wants to be a part of as the new long-term EU budget was unveiled.
The budget sees big increases in the funding for research and development, through Horizon Europe and for the student exchange scheme Erasmus+.
Under the EU Commission’s draft plans, unveiled today, there will be £26 billion for Erasmus+, a 50 per cent increase in investment in research and innovation, with £87.9bn for flagship programmes Horizon Europe and Euratom, a 900% increase of investments in digital transformation and networks to £10.6bn.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “The door is still ajar when it comes to the UK continuing to be part of research projects and schemes like Erasmus – but what is urgently needed is a clear indication from the government that this is what we want.
“Today we can see the rest of Europe is ploughing ahead and prioritising innovation, research and skills for young people.
“We have profited hugely from collaborative research partnerships. But past success is no guarantee for the future.
We need decisions from the government now or risk having the door slammed shut and being left behind.”