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EU science chief resigns over ‘disappointing’ European response to coronavirus

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 8, 2020
Mauro Ferrari, the President of European Research Council (ERC) resigned unexpectedly on Tuesday, after 'losing his faith to the system itself,' namely the European structures, due to its ‘disappointing’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mauro Ferrari
ERC President   Mauro Ferrari
“I have been extremely disappointed by the European response to Covid-19”, Ferrari told in a statement to FT, citing, among others, the complete absence of coordination of health care policies, and the recurrent opposition to cohesive financial support initiatives, in the fight against the virus.

Topics: Europe coronavirus

“I am afraid that I have seen enough of both the governance of science, and the political operations at the European Union,” Ferrari said.

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.

The justification provided by ERC was that the Council conducts “Bottom – Up” research, meaning that “it does not specify focus areas or its funding objectives, nor it does consider beneficial impact on society as a funding criterion,” according to Ferrari’s statement.