Research, Giannini: “Final go-head from the Council of Ministers to the decree which “unblocks” research bodies”. Less bureaucracy, more managerial autonomy
Rome, 24 November 2016 – Press Release – The Italian Council of Ministers gave the go-ahead to the decree which streamlines the activities of the 21 Italian Public Research Bodies (Enti Pubblici di Ricerca, EPR), 14 of which are supervised by the Ministry of Education, University and Research. This relieves the bureaucratic burden of these bodies that will also have more autonomy in budget management and recruitment of personnel.
“This is a long-awaited decision - said Minister Stefania Giannini -, a decree which actually “unblocks” research bodies which are now considered similar to universities in terms of statutory and management autonomy”.
For the first time, public research bodies will have a common regulatory framework which eliminates many of the operating restrictions established for the PA. A streamlined system of rules which better satisfies the needs of the sector. The decree also provides for the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers to ensure greater freedom of research, project portability, professional development, appropriate assessment systems.
Easier recruitment, return of “brains” encouraged
To hire Italian and foreigner researchers and technologists, especially young people, the research bodies will no longer have to wait for the authorization from the relevant Ministry, nor need to have a vacancy in their organization chart. As is already the case for universities, the bodies having resources to do so will be free to recruit people, within the limit of 80% of their budget. The only restriction will be compliance with budget requirements. Researcher mobility, project portability, and return of “brains” are thus encouraged. The decree will release 100% turnover from 2017, one year before expected.
A stop to bureaucracy
The bodies have been released from the mandatory use of electronic purchasing for scientific equipment; precautionary controls on the contracts of professional experts and collaborators have been eliminated; and more flexible rules for mission expenses have been introduced.