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European Parliament endorses future science and technology programmes

Wednesday 24 April 2019

In the final plenary session of the current term, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have approved the framework for future science and technology programmes, including the next research programme of the European Union, Horizon Europe (2021-2027). The outline agreement on Horizon Europe, which was agreed in principle March 2019 in and has now been signed off by both the Council and Parliament, provides clarity for significant portions of the research programme including the five “mission” areas, which will include cancer and plastics, as well as further details on eight industry partnership areas. This vote allows the Commission to start laying the groundwork for these programmes to begin in January 2021, however, the budget for the programmes have not been set and will be negotiated by MEPs elected during the elections in May 2019. There remains significant distance between the European Commission’s proposed €94.1 billion for Horizon Europe and the €120 billion for which the Parliament has previously voted. The framework does not include details of how the programmes will work in practice, such as participation rules for non-EU countries, including the UK after Brexit. These will be defined as part of the budget negotiations as part on Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). The deadline for the conclusion of these discussions has been delayed until October. The full text of the agreement can be found here: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2018/0224(COD)&l=en

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