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EU R&D deal ‘unlikely’ by May

The European Parliament and Council of the EU are unlikely to reach an agreement on the bloc’s next R&D programme before the European elections in May, a Council spokesman has said, raising the prospect of a damaging funding gap in 2021 after the predecessor programme Horizon 2020 ends.

EU institutions began negotiating the legal frame- work for Horizon Europe on 9 January. They are racing to reach a deal before the Parliament is dissolved ahead of the elections, which will be held from 23 to 26 May.

But a Council spokesman told Research Europe it would seem “unlikely for the institutions to agree on everything due to time constraints”. The first negotiation session was “an exploratory meeting in a constructive atmosphere”, he said, adding that the parties “agreed that quick progress in the negotiations is essential”.

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