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Following last month’s approval from the European Parliament of the Multi-Financial Framework (MFF), Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, November 2013), the Council of the European Union, representing the EU member states, has done the last step by adopting the MFF and the funding programmes for education, training youth and sport as well as the funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020.
Albeit merely a formality, the adoption of European Union framework programmes requires the so called co-decision procedure. Proposed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have to approve a proposed framework programme within the framework of maximum three readings. Although the budgetary procedure for the MFF and annual budgets likewise requires an approval of both, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, it is not exclusively proposed by the European Commission, but rather drawn up as estimations by all EU institutions.
Now that all budgetary problems have been resolved and the framework programmes officially adopted, the new calls for tenders and proposals can be finally launched.