The scientific community has urged the Government to follow the guidelines in Europe, specifically the context of the next framework program ‘Horizon 2020′, and set the future of Spain passes the R & D + i. Thus, although they have indicated they will continue fighting for the research sector in the country, scientists no longer believe in 2012 to change things and have called for the budgets of 2013 clearly bet on R & D + i.
The spokesman Research platform Digna, Amaya Moro, explained that budgets will be launched shortly and that, despite meetings with politicians who had the scientific community the result “is not particularly flattering.”
In this regard, he indicated that the parliamentary majority has accepted the replacement rate of “only 10 percent for the research staff of the OPIS”, a figure that they hope will also apply to the universities.
For More, this decision means that “Spain will lose 90 percent of staff who retire this year in the system of science, all researchers (program Juan de la Cierva, Ramon y Cajal and the like) that fail to stabilize within that 10 per cent and 100 per 100 technical and support staff. ”
Similarly, from the Federation of Young Researchers (FJI / Precarious) have noted that throughout the entire parliamentary process of the State Budget, the scientific community has held “meetings with the entire political spectrum, both in Congress and in the Senate, advocating with one voice four amendments “attention to human resources in R & D, increased the amounts for the National Research Fund, maintenance of the conditions of use of funds from the CDTI and creation of the State Agency Research (AEI).
Only the latter has come out in a satisfactory manner indicated by the federation, who has said that now that we start applying the cuts in the sector, Spain will have to look at the next framework program ‘Horizon 2020′ and put their hopes in him . Thus, the scientific community has led the Executive to request that “the budgets for 2013 will be the opportunity to make a clear, decided by the Research and Development” and that investment in this sector is seen as a bet “for progress” and not “as an item of savings.”
A REDUCTION OF 25 PERCENT
In the State Budget of 2012, the sector of R & D has been cut more than 25 percent, which exceeded expectations darkest in science, as pointed Research confederal secretary of the UGT, Salce Elvira. In this situation, more than 27,000 scientists signed the Charter for Science, sponsored by the Confederation of National Associations of Spain (COSCE), along with the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE), Digna Research Platform, the Federation of Young Researchers (FJI / Precarious), CCOO and UGT. The letter was also supported by major organizations and associations of the sectors involved in the investigation.
This document was delivered to President of Government and the Congress of Deputies and, after budget cuts, has also been given to the Spanish representation in the EU. Now, organizations have sent a message to the Government to remain willing to “work” for a future based on the R & D & I have urged the executive to start working for this goal “jointly and at the same time over the next budget. “