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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

MFF: we cannot accept the unambitious approach presented, says ITRE chair

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 febbraio 2020

Industry, Research and Energy committee Chair and rapporteurs reacted to President Michel’s proposals ahead of the European Council meeting where the long-term budget will be discussed.“We are entering the final stages of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) negotiations with the summit this Thursday. The proposals presented by the European Council President are however a rough start” said Cristian Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO). “The cuts suggested across all budget areas compared to both the Commission and Parliaments positions are a major setback for a European Union that wants to deliver for its citizens. It is finally time for EU leaders to match words with deeds: We cannot continue promising policy solutions to citizens and then not provide the funds to finance them”.“Challenges are many and various : Digital transformation of our societies and industries, energy transition and fighting climate change, keeping the EU competitive through research, advancing leadership in space and improving capacity of defence industries: all of this is at risk if not properly supported by adequate funds for the new programmes as of 2021” he said.“The ITRE committee fought hard for appropriate financing of programmes in its remit. We therefore cannot accept the unambitious approach presented to the European Council and we call on Member States to make the EU fit for the challenges of the next decade.” Christian Ehler (EPP, DE), rapporteur on the Horizon Europe Decision, said that “in April last year, the three institutions jointly agreed on an ambitious Horizon Europe which is needed for Europe’s future. The current Council proposals is much lower than needed to achieve our priorities. We should now end the liars’ poker! The countries supporting this proposal should clearly state which of the Programme’s ambitions they would like to cut, will it be artificial intelligence, our digital transition, the green deal or research on cancer?””The EP insists on EUR 120 billion for Horizon Europe, excluding any contribution to InvestEU” said rapporteur on the framework regulation Dan Nica (S&D, RO). The level proposed for Horizon Europe by the previous Commission (83.5 billion €) cannot be taken as a basis as it does not include the research and innovation needed to deliver on the new priorities announced, in particular the Green Deal, artificial intelligence, the Cancer Plan, the digital transition etc.

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