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Shortcomings being addressed, Commission says

The European Commission has said that it is already taking steps to address the problems with the Framework programme identified by a high-level expert group in November 2015.

The Commission “agrees with the overall intent” of the recommendations outlined in the Framework 7 final evaluation, and is “committed to continuing to take action” on issues identified, it said in a communication on 19 January. These issues included focusing more on major societal challenges, aligning the EU’s various research and innovation instruments and making the Framework programmes more internally coherent. 

As it stands, Horizon 2020 has been refocused to tackle societal challenges and also designed with more flexibility to tackle unexpected problems as they arise, the Commission said. It has stronger instruments for pooling resources across member sates and implementing joint calls compared with Framework 7, and its three pillars have been designed to improve its efficiency and effectiveness by integrating cross-cutting issues, the Commission added. 

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