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Commission hopeful about signing off Horizon Europe

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Earma 2021: Horizon’s main work programme due to be adopted in early May

The European Commission has expressed confidence that the EU’s 2021-27 R&D programme, Horizon Europe, will receive final sign off from the European Parliament later this month.

Speaking at the annual conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators on 14 April, Commission deputy director-general for research and innovation Signe Ratso sought to dispel any doubt about Horizon Europe’s approval.

Asked whether she knew of any reasons the Parliament would not sign off the programme in a vote during a plenary session scheduled for 26-29 April, Ratso said: “No, I don’t think so.”

She said there had been “extensive” discussions on Horizon Europe between the EU institutions, adding: “We are really hopeful everything will go as planned.”

The Parliament’s research committee backed the programme’s sign-off in two votes on 13 April, and the plenary session is unlikely to result in a U-turn.

Work programmes for some parts of Horizon Europe, including the European Research Council and European Innovation Council, have already been published, and funding calls for these parts of the programme have already opened.

Ratso said she expected the main work programme for Horizon Europe to be adopted at the beginning of May, and that calls for the other parts of the programme would be published “immediately after” this.

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