3The European Union is at a crossroads. While the international rules-based order that supports4Europe’s peace and prosperity is being challenged from all sides by China, Russia and the 5United States, European leaders are looking inward. Instead of strengthening Europe’s position 6as a globally oriented knowledge economy, and using the EU as an important tool to do so, 7nationalism and protectionism are taking hold across the continent. Moreover, the EU’s budget 8expenditures still reflect the priorities of the post-WWII era rather than the 21st century, and that 9does not seem to change with the adoption of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.
10The EU cannot afford to make such mistakes: Europe must not become a museum, but a11continent of opportunity. In particular, the EU and its member states need to prepare for a future 12where services and the digital economy, not industry, will be the greatest job and wealth creators. 13Hence, the European commission, council and parliament need to rally around an agenda 14focused on education, research and strengthening the single market.
15If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, there will only be one EU university among16the top 50 universities worldwide. The lack of top universities in the region seriously threatens the 17EU’s global competitiveness and its potential as a centre for high-skill labour and innovation. 18Therefore, it is crucial that the integration of European higher education continues. To tackle the 19challenges of tomorrow, the EU needs universities that can provide its citizens with world class 20education, while also attracting talented international students and high-skilled researchers.
21The boundaries between research and private enterprise need to be eliminated, in particular22when it comes to applied research. The EU cannot afford to get left behind as the United States 23and China make new leaps in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology. While the 24European Commission has argued that the EU should ensure that AI develops in a manner that 25respects fundamental rights, doing so will be impossible if EU scientists are not at the forefront of 26AI research. The same is true for for biotech, where current EU frameworks on e.g. GMOs 27restrict European researchers’ ability to innovate. EU bureaucracy should not stand in the way of 28open inquiry and cutting edge research.
29The EU’s single market is one of the greatest achievements in European history. To have30access to a market where goods, services, people and capital can flow seamlessly has laid the 31foundation for Europe’s unprecedented wealth today. Yet, the European Union still has many 32obstacles to overcome in order to achieve a truly integrated market.
33LYMEC calls for:
42- The European Commission to use prize competitions similar to the X Prize in order to spur43innovation, in addition to traditional funding through the Horizon Europe programme.
50- A deadline and clearly defined milestones for completion of the single market for services and51the digital economy, similar to the deadline to establish the original single market in 1992.
Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.