EP asks for € 120 billion budget for Horizon Europe
The European Parliament (EP) at its current plenary session has proposed that funding to research should be increased in Horizon Europe to €120 billion. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF, 2021-2027), MEPs are this week setting out their position on the scope and the priorities for the next MFF.
The EP is asking for an additional €36.5 billion (compared to the EC’s proposal) to be added to the proposed Horizon Europe budget, which amounts to a total of €120 billion in 2018 prices (€135.25 billion in current prices). The EP wants to prioritise programmes that include women, SMEs or participants from lower-performing EU countries when deciding on two equally strong applications.
The proposal for the 2021-2027 Horizon Europe rules on participation and dissemination was approved by 548 votes to 70 against, and 49 abstentions. The proposal for the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe was approved by 569 votes to 74 against, and 20 abstentions. The next step regarding Horizon Europe will be trilogue negotiations between the EP and the Council. The EP stresses that it wants to avoid any serious setbacks in launching the new programmes due to late adoption, as experienced in the past.
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