LibLink: George Lyon MEP – EU budget cuts must not sacrifice research and investment

Writing on Huffington Post, George Lyon, MEP for Scotland, outlines concerns that the forthcoming round of EU budget reviews does not risk future growth prospects:

The EU Parliament will be scrutinising the proposals closely in the coming weeks before deciding whether to accept or reject the deal in the beginning of March. We must be clear – there are areas of spending that help us generate growth and these need to be our priority going forwards.

One major concern is the proposed funding for the Connecting Europe Facility. This new instrument is set to invest in modern infrastructure such as high-speed broadband, cloud computing, and energy and transport networks, which are all vital in order to ensure that the EU remains competitive in the coming years. This investment will also help deepen the single market in energy and services – a longstanding objective of the UK. Finally, it will be spent on improving the efficiency of energy transmission, helping to cut energy bills for consumers.

The EU’s research and development spending is another area which provides massive benefits for the UK. In the past four years the EU has provided more than €4bn in research grants and loans to over 11,500 British scientists and innovators, more than almost any other member state. This source of funding is crucial to Britain’s most cutting edge, world beating and fastest growing sectors – such as the space industry, nanotechnology and stem cell research..

You can read the full article here.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist in Newbury and West Berkshire. He is Photo Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Liberal Burblings.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in LibLink.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/33165 for Twitter and emails.

4 Comments

  • Richard Dean 11th Feb '13 - 3:46pm

    If this source of R&D funding is “crucial” to Britain’s future, isn’t it a bit peculiar that we are relying on the EU for it?

    And if it’s crucial to Britain but not to the EU, why should we expect it not to be cut?

  • I would love to see an audit of just how crucial this research is. My suspicion is that it is a budget which could be shaved like everything else.

  • I write this from Austria where I have travelled to participate in an EU research project on energy. These projects forge links at the pre-competitive R&D stage between companies from all over Europe. Sure we could do the research on a national basis, but if we only did that, we and the Germans and the Italians etc would all still be competing from separate warring industrial camps, and we would all be the losers.

    Meanwhile the Americans, for example, compete on a nationally cooperative basis, very strongly backed by their government funding. They tend to be more effective than Europe because they spend more and are better unified. Europe should do more in this field, not less.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 21st Oct - 10:28pm
    PS And the two that don't apply in Scotland would not be my priorities in health and education. But then my priorities would largely be...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 21st Oct - 10:23pm
    Two purely financial aims, and two that don't apply in Scotland. I'm not getting out of bed to deliver leaflets with these key priorities!
  • User AvatarSteve Way 21st Oct - 10:15pm
    Promoting a woman to cabinet for just 7 months out of a 5 year period in government would probably be seen as tokenism and a...
  • User AvatarNick Perry 21st Oct - 10:09pm
    Right on the money.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 21st Oct - 10:08pm
    Hi Stuart, I don't have much more to say on this for now. I'll just say I'm against any "tough" action on immigration. I think...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 21st Oct - 10:01pm
    I would like to thank ALDC for these reports, they have alot of other work on their hands. However I wonder if they are giving...