The scientific landscape in Germany is increasingly influenced by developments at the European level. This includes the Research Framework Programme and the European student exchange, as well as the underlying vision of a European research area. The aim of these considerations is to create networks for the coordination of European research funding in between member states and the European Commission, a process which has been significantly expanded over the last 10 years.
In the summer of 2013, the EU-Parlament members Amalia Sartori and Luigi Berlinguer created a new initiative in this regard. Their statement "Towards a Maastricht for Research" was presented to the European Parliament in October 2013.
In today's plenary session the European Parliament as a whole reversed all the cuts made by member states in the Commission's originial proposal. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research programmes and education, including the student exchange programme Erasmus+, should receive €190.5 million more, MEPs said. Here you can find the press release.