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‘Everyone aligned’ around Horizon Europe, Moedas claims

Research commissioner Carlos Moedas has claimed politicians working on the EU’s next R&D funding programme are in agreement on its design and implementation, despite MEPs proposing about 3,000 amendments to the proposal.

Speaking on 28 September after the first formal meeting of EU research ministers since the European Commission published its proposals for the Horizon Europe scheme in June, Moedas (pictured left) said it was “clear that everyone is aligned” on delivering the programme.

Heinz Fassmann (pictured right), the research minister of Austria, which is hosting the rotating presidency of the European Council of Ministers, agreed that “everybody shares a common approach”. He said that “generally speaking it was a very successful Council meeting”, and that he was “very optimistic” about the prospects of reaching broad agreement on Horizon Europe before the May 2019 European elections. This is generally considered necessary to prevent delays to the programme, which is due to start in 2021 and run to 2027.

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