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European Parliament approves Horizon Europe research programme

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Following a plenary vote, the European Parliament has formally approved the Horizon Europe 2021-2027 research and innovation programme.

The programme was already provisionally put in place by the European Commission from 1 January 2021. MEPs gave their final approval to the agreement with the European Council on the Horizon Europe regulation on Tuesday, adding a political declaration (Link) with 677 votes to 5 and 17 abstentions. They adopted the agreement with the European Council on the Horizon Europe specific programme with 661 votes to 5 and 33 abstentions.

Horizon Europe will have an overall budget of EUR 95.5 billion, including EUR 5.4 billion from the EU’s Next GenerationEU recovery plan, and an additional investment of EUR 4 billion from the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF). Horizon Europe comprises three pillars:

  • The Excellent Science pillar will support frontier research projects defined and driven by researchers themselves through the European Research Council (ERC). It will fund fellowships and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and will invest in research infrastructure.
  • The Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar will directly support research relating to societal challenges, including health.
  • The Innovative Europe pillar aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation through the European Innovation Council.

More information on the Horizon Europe programme can be found at: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210422IPR02604/meps-adopt-landmark-research-programme-horizon-europe

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