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EUA Newsletter 3   12 February 2013

European Council reaches deal on the multiannual financial framework (MFF)

On Friday 8 February, EU heads of state and government at the European Council reached agreement on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF), which defines the budgetary priorities of the EU for the years 2014-2020.

The deal reached at the European Council limits the maximum possible expenditure for European Union Member States to EUR 959.99 bn in commitments, corresponding to 1.0% of the EU's Gross National Income (GNI). This means that the overall expenditure ceiling has been reduced by 3.4% in real terms, compared to the current MFF (2007-2013).

The MFF deal also outlines the expenditure ceilings for different headings of the MFF. The agreed expenditure ceiling for sub-heading 1a (competitiveness), that includes the proposed programmes for research (Horizon 2020) and education (Erasmus for All), was EUR 125.61 bn.
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EUA report looks at progress in developing full costing in universities

EUA has published a new report which examines the development of ‘full costing’ in European universities.


Entitled “Financially Sustainable Universities. Full Costing: Progress and Practice”, the publication aims to assist university practitioners in implementing full costing, with examples of good practice, whilst at the same time providing important information for policy makers and funders, in particular for the current debate on Horizon 2020.


Full costing – the ability to identify and calculate all the direct and indirect costs of an activity – has been identified as a crucial element for universities’ financial sustainability. It has become increasingly important as a result of the financial challenges that many universities currently face: reduced public funding (in many European countries); changes to the way funding is allocated (e.g. performance based elements); increasing use of ‘co-funding’ requirements; and the management of diverse income sources.


The publication provides an update on the status of the implementation of full costing in 14 European higher education systems and examines its impact on the relationship between universities and different funders. It shows that funding rules are an important driver for full costing development. In 10 out of the 14 systems analysed the possibility to recover costs based on a full costing methodology under FP7 have been an important driver for development.

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EUA welcomes new members at Council meeting in Istanbul

On the occasion of the EUA Council meeting at the end of last month held in Istanbul, EUA welcomed four new members.
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Policy and Projects News

ALFA PUENTES project: Research and higher education cooperation promoted at EU-CELAC summit

Heads of state and government of the European Union countries and CELAC countries (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) convened in Santiago de Chile from 26 to 27 January under the theme ‘Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality’.
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Events News

Call for expressions of interest to host the ninth European Quality Assurance Forum in November 2014

Since 2006, the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), co-organised by EUA, ENQA, EURASHE and ESU, has become the premier event for quality assurance (QA) in European higher education with some 400 participants from across Europe and beyond. The Forum provides a unique platform for the higher education and QA communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the area.
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Presentation of the ARDE project results and report (26 February 2013, 8.00-10.30 a.m.)

On 26 February EUA will present a new report: “Quality Assurance in Doctoral Education – results of the ARDE project” at a breakfast event to be hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in brief: updates on EU activities

The European Commission has published a call for expressions of interest for experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups. Meanwhile, the EC said it has also appointed seven experts to conduct the search for the next president of the European Research Council (ERC).
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