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Next EU R&D programme will be more open, Commission pledges

The controversial “strategic planning” process for the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme Horizon Europe will help to ensure that potential participants are involved in shaping the programme, the European Commission has said.

Strategic planning is used to shape the two and three-year work programmes that set out funding opportunities in the EU’s current R&D programme Horizon 2020, Kurt Vandenberghe, a Commission research policy official, explained at a European Parliament meeting on 8 October.

In Horizon 2020, however, strategic planning has been mostly an internal Commission process, Vandenberghe said. For Horizon Europe, he said, the Commission wants to open the process up.

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