The Education Commission of the Council of States wants to increase the envelope intended for the FRI for the period from 2021 to 2024.
Training, research and innovation (FRI) should benefit from more than 28.14 billion francs for the period from 2021 to 2024. The education commission of the Council of States wishes to release 58.4 million more than the Council of States, which had already increased the envelope by 200 million.
All the increases decided by the senators were supported in committee, indicate Friday the services of the Parliament. The National Commission, however, wants an increase in several areas.
Thus, by 15 votes to 10, it proposes to increase to 254.6 million (+20.4) the credit intended for vocational training. A minority is opposed to it.
Organizations active in the field of continuing education and the cantons should benefit from an envelope of 59.5 million (+6 million). Continuous training is essential, the committee justifies by 17 votes to 7. It allows workers, especially in times of economic crisis, to acquire the skills necessary to maintain them in the labor market.
A minority opposes the increase. A second would like an increase of 10 million francs.
As for the contributions allocated to the cantons in terms of training aid, two minorities want increases of 40 million (for a total of 140.3 million), respectively 24.7 million (125 million). The increase is intended for scholarships and should allow equal opportunities in the training system.
More for universities
Universities should also benefit from a larger budget. Some 15 million more (10.825 billion) should enable federal polytechnics to develop education and research in the field of sustainable development. This boost was only narrowly adopted, however, by 12 votes to 11 and 1 abstention.
The universities could obtain an additional 5 million through multi-year projects. A minority wants to increase the envelope by 12 million francs; another does not want to touch the budget of 128.7 million.
By 18 votes to 6, the committee also proposes to raise the ceiling for research establishments of national importance to 469 million (+12 million). In addition, with the casting vote of the president, it wants to allocate the 28 million additional decided by the Council of the States to all the research establishments and not only to the technological competence centers.
After Erasmus +
Via a postulate, submitted by 17 votes to 7, the committee asks the Federal Council to present a roadmap for association with international programs in the field of international cooperation and mobility that follow Erasmus +.