This month, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER)
, chaired by the Lithuanian Presidency, approved the agreement reached last month
between the Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament representatives on Horizon 2020
, the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation for the next seven years (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe
, June 2013
The agreement paves the way for the formal adoption of the Horizon 2020 package by the European Parliament
through a plenary vote in autumn
The agreed upon package is made up of four legislative acts, consisting of:
Horizon 2020, which will combine all research and innovation funding, will replace the current EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) as of 1 January 2014. It is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs and strives towards the creation of a European Research Area, where knowledge, technology and researchers circulate freely. It focuses on three priorities:
- a regulation establishing the Horizon 2020 framework programme;
- a regulation laying down the rules for the participation and dissemination;
- a regulation laying down the implementation modalities of Horizon 2020, and
- a regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and a decision setting out its strategic innovation agenda.
- generating excellent science;
- encouraging industrial leadership, and
- fighting societal challenges.
The budget for the new programme will be around EUR 70 billion, including the Euratom programme, for a seven-year period (2014-2020), making Horizon 2020 the world's largest research programme. The previous programme had a financial allocation of EUR 53 billion.