NEW: The Presidency of the Council has reached a political agreement with the European Parliament (10.11.2020) The EU has moved closer to adopting its next multi-year framework programme for research and innovation. The German Presidency of the Council today reached a provisional political agreement with European Parliament negotiators on the proposed regulation for the introduction of Horizon Europe, the EU`s framework programme for research and innovation for the years 2021 to 2027. The provisionally accepted text will be submitted for analysis to the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council on 18 December 2020. After political approval by the Council and the European Parliament, it will serve as the basis for the future adoption of the proposed regulation at second reading. The regulation cannot be formally adopted until the formal adoption of the EU20-2027 MFF. As a result of the political agreement, the Commission launched a strategic planning process. The result of this process is presented in a multi-year strategic plan for the preparation of the content of the work programmes and on the call for proposals for the first four years of Horizon Europe. The strategic planning process will focus in particular on global challenges and Horizon Europe`s European industrial competitiveness pillar. It will also include the part of the programme to expand the participation and strengthening of the European Research Area, as well as relevant activities in other pillars. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached an interim agreement on Horizon Europe in March and April 2019. In the early hours of 11 December 2020, the German Presidency reached a provisional political agreement with European Parliament negotiators on the proposed regulation for the creation of Horizon Europe. Key elements of the draft text include the internal re-construction of Horizon Europe`s general budget, including additional appropriations (“increases”) resulting from margins under the Multi-Year Financial Framework (MFF) ceilings and competition penalties. The provisional agreement also sets out how funds from the EU`s collection instrument, Next Generation EU, should be made available.
With regard to synergies with other EU programmes, negotiators agreed to consolidate most of the synergies provisions into one article and found a common basis on how different other EU programmes should support and complement Horizon Europe. The interim agreement strikes a balance between openness and attractiveness to international partners and reciprocity and protection of the EU`s strategic interests. He cites respect for human rights as one of the specific criteria for the association of third countries at Horizon Europe. This interim agreement is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council. Among the main elements of the provisionally adopted text, the Council today reached an agreement (partly general) on the future Strategic Innovation Programme (AIS) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the EU`s future research and innovation programme.