The Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe: “A good deal but is there a supporting budget?”

An image of European flags to illustrate the Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe
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The Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe has been voted on and endorsed today. Science Europe has reacted to the deal.

The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the co-legislators on Horizon Europe. It is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European Union research and innovation programme for the next budget period (from 2021 to 2027). Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The European Parliament showed today that it stands behind Horizon Europe and with that behind the idea to keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. When designing this programme we built on the achievements of Horizon 2020. The programme will continue to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, and will benefit from the expertise of the Joint Research Centre.”

Science Europe’s reaction

It said: “Science Europe welcomes the Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for research and innovation (R&I), previously approved by the Council and voted on today in plenary by the European Parliament. Horizon Europe is an ambitious programme, designed to strengthen the European position in the global landscape of R&I and deliver visible impact for society. It is to play a key complementary role to national research funding and demonstrate the value European co-operation can bring. ”

Stephan Kuster, the Secretary General of Science Europe, added: “This is great news for the research community. Such an agreement before the European Parliament elections was very much needed to ensure that Horizon Europe will be fully up and running by the end of 2020. Thanks to this agreement, Horizon Europe is set to be the best Framework Programme yet.”

However, one question posed by Science Europe was: “Is there a Supporting Budget?”

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