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Council confirms push for lower Horizon 2020 budget

Leaders of EU member state governments have agreed their position on the bloc’s 2019 budget, confirming that they will push for €300 million less for the Horizon 2020 R&D programme than the European Commission proposed.

Under the European Council’s plans, confirmed on 4 September, Horizon 2020 would have a budget of €11.8 billion in 2019—5.8 per cent more than in 2018. Under the Commission’s proposal, the budget increase would be 8.5 per cent.

The Council also wants to spend €148m less than the Commission has proposed on the Copernicus Earth observation programme, €19m less on the Iter nuclear fusion project and €13m less on the Euratom nuclear research and training programme. It agrees with the Commission that there should be a €240m increase in the budget for the Erasmus+ education mobility programme.

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