Horizon Europe: Liberals and Democrats help to deliver a strong research agenda for Europe
Liberal and Democrat MEPs have today welcomed the adoption of a first reading agreement on both the Regulation and Implementation of Horizon Europe, which will enforce European competitiveness, prioritise SMEs and broaden thematic research across the Union in the coming years.
At least 35 % of the budget shall go to climate-related research. It also gives more support to SMEs, with at least 70 % of the budget of the newly created European Innovation Council to be dedicated to SMEs.
ALDE was one of the key players in the negotiations of this 9th Framework Programme, the successor of Horizon 2020, starting in 2021 and running until 2027.
Lieve Wierinck MEP commented today:
“We can be very pleased with the result. The main criteria used to select projects for Horizon Europe, will remain excellence. This was an important element for ALDE to keep within the next framework programme. We really want to make sure that only the best projects are selected. That’s how we keep the quality of research at the highest level possible.”
The overall programme has been restructured in order to simplify the procedures even further for the applicants. The three EU institutions strive for the same target: increasing the success rate of Horizon Europe and making it even more successful than its predecessor.
The new structure of the 9th Framework Programme has kept the successful instruments of Horizon 2020, such as the European Research Council and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. The establishment of missions and the European Innovation Council are new instruments which will foster and incentivise innovation throughout the European Union.
“With this ambitious new programme and new structure, it is vital to translate this ambition into a solid budget within the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). This will be the most sensitive issue to discuss in the next legislation”, said Lieve Wierinck.
Other elements that are still on the table include international cooperation within Horizon Europe, which is linked to Brexit for example, and the potential synergies with other Programmes within MFF.