Negotiators have reached agreement on the overarching design of the EU’s next R&D programme Horizon Europe, putting it on track for its 2021 launch, the European Commission has said.
Representatives of the European Parliament, the Commission and national governments in the Council of the EU reached a partial political agreement on the regulation for Horizon Europe in the very early morning of 20 March. It was their last chance to do so before the European elections in May, and required an emergency sixth session to resolve their differences of opinion.
Research commissioner Carlos Moedas (pictured) said that he warmly welcomed the agreement, which is subject to formal approval. “We are now on track to launch the most ambitious ever European research and innovation programme in 2021, shaping the future for a strong, sustainable and competitive European economy and benefiting all regions in Europe,” he said.