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Budgets committee rejects Horizon 2020 cuts

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets has voted against EU ministers’ plans to slash almost half a billion euros from the proposed Horizon 2020 budget in 2018.

MEPs in the committee voted on 27 September for a €65-million increase to the €11.1 billion 2018 Horizon 2020 budget proposed by the European Commission in May. That budget has come under attack from the European Council, which in July proposed cuts of €491 million.

A series of budget amendments backed by the committee reversed all of the cuts proposed by the Council across the entire 2018 budget. These amounted to €1.7bn, and included losses of €46m from the Galileo and Egnos satellite navigation programmes, €33m from the Iter nuclear fusion project and €20m from the Copernicus Earth-observation programme.

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