More funding for Horizon 2020 in 2020<p>The agreement reached by the Council and the European Parliament on the 2020 EU budget also means more funding for the last year of Horizon 2020.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">On 18 November 2019, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament (EP) reached an <a title="Council press release" href="https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/11/18/2020-eu-budget-council-and-parliament-reach-agreement/" target="_blank">agreement</a> in their negotiations on the EU budget for 2020. In a next step, the Council <a title="Council press release" href="https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/11/25/eu-budget-for-2020-council-endorses-deal-with-parliament/" target="_blank">endorsed</a> the deal on 25 November and the European Parliament voted on it in its plenary on 27 November, which means that the budget is now adopted.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The budget will continue to support the growth and competitiveness of the European economy; other priorities are security and the management of migration. The European institutions also increased their commitment to measures aimed at addressing climate change. While they had originally dedicated 20% of the budget to such measures in the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020, the 2020 budget now foresees 21% of the total going to climate change related activities, which include research and development, transport and energy infrastructure and the EU’s external actions. The total EU financial commitments are set at EUR 168.7 billion, an increase of 1.5% from 2019, and payments will amount to EUR 153.6 billion thereby rising 3.4% from 2019. These amounts will guarantee the implementation of the 2014-2020 EU programmes at their full speed. The communicated figures are based on the assumption that the United Kingdom will continue to contribute fully to the EU budget for 2020.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The agreement on the overall budget of course also has its implications on the budget for the last year of the current European knowledge programmes. For the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020) the European Commission’s (EC) proposal had asked for a EUR 13.2 billion envelope, the EP wanted to increase it to EUR 14.2 billion, while Member States had threatened to cut it back to EUR 12.8 billion only. The final deal now results in a budget of EUR 13.5 billion in total, which is an increase of EUR 302 million compared to the 2019 budget. The increase comes much to the joy of the R&I stakeholder organisations, who have been <a title="Science Europe position paper " href="https://www.scienceeurope.org/our-resources/science-europe-call-to-the-european-institutions-the-need-for-an-ambitious-budget-for-horizon-2020/" target="_blank">fighting</a> for an ambitious budget. The EU’s programme for education, Erasmus+ will receive EUR 2.9 billion in 2020, which means an increase of 3.6% compared to the previous year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While H2020 can now start its last year with a good financial base, the negotiations on the next MFF 2021-2027 and thus also the financial underpinnings for the next framework programme Horizon Europe are still ongoing under the current Finnish Presidency and will most likely continue until next summer. Looking at the latest Presidency proposals for the MFF, the ambitious Horizon Europe budget of EUR 94.1 billion may have to face a severe cut, Members of the European Parliament <a title="Science Business article" href="https://sciencebusiness.net/news/horizon-europe-faces-cut-eu12b-warns-mep" target="_blank">warn</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>Budget, Horizon 2020, EU budget, Council of the European Union, European Parliamenthttps://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/Article/DispForm.aspx?ID=11852019-11-17T23:00:00ZscArticle{B1875DA5-F210-EA11-80D8-005056B7191C}https://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/ArticleImages/Euro_sign.jpg, https://www.swisscore.org/Lists/Public/ArticleImages/Euro_sign.jpg