Science row hits European Union at height of coronavirus crisis

Clay Curtis
April 8, 2020

The head of the European Union's top science organization has quit at the height of the coronavirus crisis, a move he attributed to disappointment with the EU's response to the pandemic and an EU spokesman said came after other scientists requested their colleague's resignation.

"I arrived at the ERC a fervent supporter of the EU".

The ERC was established in 2007 to fund top European scientists with a budget of 1.86 billion euros (RM8.8 billion) in 2018.

The European Union's chief scientist resigned on 7 April, saying that he is "extremely disappointed" by Brussels' response to the coronavirus pandemic. "I have lost faith in the system itself", Ferrari wrote.

Given the unprecedented threat societies are facing by the Coronavirus emergency, Ferrari was pursuing the establishment of a special program to combat Covid-19, however, his proposal was quickly rejected by ERC's governing body.

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EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said today that the European Commission is allocating € 3.8 billion to the Western Balkans and its EU east and south neighbors to help fight the coronavirus, according to BGNES. "The very fact that I worked directly with her created an internal political thunderstorm", he said.

A spokesman for the Commission expressed regret that Ferrari had resigned "at this early stage in his mandate".

Prof Ferrari bemoaned the "complete absence of coordination of healthcare policies among member states" and the opposition to what he described as a "cohesive financial support" package.

Ferrari worked in the US for decades before he became president of the European Research Council.

The ban on entry to the so-called EU+ area - which also includes non-members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - is one of bloc's most drastic measures against the epidemic. The ERC's "bottom-up" approach to distributing grants clashed with Ferrari's suggestion of launching a large-scale effort to fight the pandemic, which he proposed in March after it became apparent that the outbreak would cause a health crisis in Europe.

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