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Horizon 2020 wins in 2015 budget deal

The budget for Horizon 2020 during 2015 looks set to be around €45 million more than previously anticipated, under a budget deal struck by negotiators last night.

The package was agreed by representatives of the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament during last minute talks, aiming to set a budget before 1 January. On the table was the latest budget proposal from the European Commission, which was published in November after negotiators failed to reach a deal on the first plan, released in June.

The breakdown amounts have not yet been published, for either the Commission’s latest proposal or the final deal, meaning that the total for Horizon 2020 remains unconfirmed. But Parliamentary sources report that negotiators secured an increase of €45 million for Horizon 2020 compared to the level requested by the Commission in its November proposal, with a further €16m being added to the Erasmus+ student exchange programme.

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