The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached an interim agreement on Horizon Europe in March and April 2019. The European Parliament approved the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019. Today`s agreement is an important step towards the final adoption of Horizon Europe. We must now, together with the European Parliament and the Commission, ensure that our forward-looking EU framework programme for research and innovation can come into force early next year. This is our common task, to the benefit of the European research and innovation community and the EU`s competitiveness. The final agreement, which has yet to be formally approved, makes some improvements from the July agreement. This is the result of the continued efforts of the European Parliament, which has always fought to strengthen forward-looking programmes, such as Horizon Europe. Today`s agreement on these two acts paves the way for the conclusion of negotiations with the European Parliament for the rapid adoption of the package by the end of the year. UPDATE – 20 November 2020: The agreement between the EU institutions requires full unanimity between member states. This week, Poland and Hungary blocked this process due to persistent differences of opinion on the mechanism that links European payments to respect for the rule of law.
However, the actual agreement on the multi-year financial framework has not been called into question. This issue will be discussed at the next European Council in December. As a result of the political agreement, the Commission launched a strategic planning process. Adaptation to climate change, including the transformation of society The strategy defines how the program is managed in practice in order to achieve its ambitious goals. In the end, Horizon Europe`s flagship programme will receive 75.9 billion euros and a 5 billion euro deferral from the Pandemic Recovery Fund. According to Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), “the disappointment will be enormous” if the budget is adopted in its current form. Democratic Society report on citizens` involvement in the next framework programme The Council and the European Parliament are negotiating and then adopting the programme The results of the participation process are summarized in the Guidance for the First Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe. The argument centres on a classic geopolitical debate on who benefits most from which parts of the EU budget. In general, the wealthier countries of north-west Europe receive most of the money from research and innovation, while the poorest countries in the South and East receive more “cohesion or development funds”. A third and larger part of the EU budget is devoted to agriculture – and the beneficiaries are more dispersed, which means that any EU budget deal is a multidimensional chess game.
When EU budget negotiations began on the fourth day in Brussels, supporters launched an online campaign to defend the research and innovation programme.