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Priorities for 2017 budget<p>The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) <a title="Council website" href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/11/16-budget-2017/" target="_blank">reached</a> a deal on the 2017 EU budget.</p><p>Total commitments are set at €157.88 billion, of which €21.3 billion for heading 1 ‘Competitiveness for growth and jobs’. It is the heading from which the budget for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ comes from. This represents an increase of 12% compared to 2016. Out of this budget, around €10 billion will be devoted to Horizon 2020 and €2 billion to Erasmus+, as <a title="EC proposal" href="http://ec.europa.eu/budget/library/biblio/documents/2017/statement-of-estimates-of-the-european-commission.pdf" target="_blank">proposed</a> in June by the European Commission (EC).</p> <p> </p> <p>On top of that, an additional €50 million are proposed for Horizon 2020. They will be distributed equally to the three following priorities: the European Research Council (ERC), Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (in particular teaming) and the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, in order to contribute to the creation of a European High Performance Computing ecosystem by developing a full prototype of an exascale demonstrator and the application layer needed.</p> <p> </p> <p>An additional €50 million will also be devoted to Erasmus+, for actions increasing mobility opportunities for education and training – including apprenticeships –, for actions which are considerably over-subscribed – such as initiatives related to social inclusion and combating extremism – as well as for newly announced activities, such as e.g. the European Solidarity Corps. The Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) will also benefit from an additional €50 million to improve the financial environment of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.</p> <p> </p> <p>With the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in September, the European Commission had proposed to allocate an additional €400 million to Horizon 2020 and €200 million to Erasmus+. The Council might want to reduce this additional funding to €200 million for Horizon 2020 and €100 million for Erasmus+. In the negotiations for the 2017 budget deal, Council and Parliament have agreed to decouple the discussions linked to the review of the MFF to those on the 2017 budget.</p> <p> </p> <p>The MFF review decision will be taken at a later stage. During the ‘Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide’ <a title="Slovak presidency conference website" href="http://www.eu2016.sk/en/political-and-expert-meetings/spreading-excellence-and-crossing-the-innovation-divide-conference-secid-2016" target="_blank">Conference</a> organised by the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU on 23 November, the EC called all EU member states to strongly defend the totality of the additional budget proposed. And looking at the crisis Europe is going through as well as the results of the US election earlier this month, investing in research, innovation and education actually seems more urgent than ever.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>budget 2017, MFF, additional funding, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+https://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/Article/DispForm.aspx?ID=7512016-11-29T23:00:00ZscArticle{884948C3-46B2-E611-80C5-005056B7191C}https://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/ArticleImages/EFSI.jpg?RenditionID=1, https://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/ArticleImages/EFSI.jpg?RenditionID=1