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Parliament vows to prevent Horizon 2020 cuts

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Proposals to slash half a billion euros from next year’s Horizon 2020 budget are “totally unacceptable”, the vice-chair of the European Parliament’s budgets committee has said.

Speaking to the budgets committee on 30 August, vice-chair Siegfried Mureșan lambasted governments’ efforts to slice €1.7 billion off the 2018 EU budget proposed by the European Commission.

The European Council, which represents national governments, wants to cut €750m from the proposed 2018 competitiveness budget for jobs and growth. €491m of these cuts would be made to the Horizon 2020 budget.

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