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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Research: MEPs reach deal with Council on Horizon Europe programme

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

Bruxelles. Horizon Europe will help EU’s health system prepare for future pandemics, and industry to decarbonise and innovate, after MEPs and Council came to an informal agreement on Friday.”We really needed this agreement, and we managed to deliver a strong and well financed programme for research and innovation, that will start in time” said Dan Nica (S&D, RO), rapporteur on the Horizon Europe regulation. “Money channelled through the Horizon 2020 helped find a vaccine against COVID-19. The Parliament insisted on an ambitious investment in research and innovation and ensured budgetary stability and predictability in order to have a Horizon Europe programme that will deliver on the future challenges. The budget increase for Horizon with the €5,4 billion from New Generation Europe and the extra €4 billion from the multiannual financial framework (MFF) will ensure investment in resilience both for short term and long term: basic research (through the ERC), the fight against climate change, digitalisation, the support for innovative SMEs and the support for the European Research infrastructure” he said.Citizens, businesses, social partners and the research and knowledge community will have to work in the same team. We cannot miss the opportunity to lead in all these challenges.” M. Nica added.”Finally, we achieved an ambitious and balanced budget which strongly supports fundamental research as well as thematic research” said Christian Ehler (EPP, DE) rapporteur on the Horizon Europe specific programme. “It includes an additional €1bn for the European Research Council and the highest budget ever for digital topics. For the first time there is also a specific budget for Europe’s cultural and creative industries” he said.Industry, Research and Energy committee Chair Cristian Bușoi (EPP, RO) said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that research and innovation (R&I) is a driver for our recovery. We rely on R&I to become resilient for future crisis and to address challenges such as cancer and antimicrobial-resistance, but also to adapt to our globalized world, fight climate change and to prepare a better and greener future for next generations. But to achieve all these ambitions we require an ambitious programme. I believe that this is what we have achieved to deliver today”. The informal agreement will be confirmed in the Industry, Research and Energy committee later this month. Since the European Parliament had insisted to have a Partial Agreement already in April 2019, the whole programme is in position to be finalised and to start on the 1st of January 2021.

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