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EU budget fears spread to space, digital and green funding

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National leaders’ budget agreement lowered allocations for several EU innovation programmes

Criticism of the agreement on the 2021-27 EU budget adopted by national leaders on 21 July is growing, and spreading to the allocations for programmes on space, digitisation and environmental sustainability.

Iratxe García, president of the centre-left Socialists and Democrats political group in the European Parliament, said the €1.07 trillion budget deal “falls short of what’s needed”. She said it “doesn’t match the political ambitions expressed by the European Green Deal or the Digital Agenda”, referring to EU policies for the environment and digital development.

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