The European Council agrees its position on new framework for EU Research & Innovation into the next decade


On 30th Nov 2018 the European Council agreed its position (partial general approach) on the regulation on Horizon Europe. Horizon Europe is the next framework programme on Research and Innovation for the years 2021 to 2027.

The agreement does not cover the budgetary aspects of the draft regulation, given that the final amounts will depend on the agreement reached on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). A number of other issues of a horizontal nature have also been set aside pending progress in related files (e.g. InvestEU, Structural Funds).

The programme merges two regulations s (Framework Programme and  rules for participation and dissemination) into a single legal act and includes a number of improvements by way of simplification and increased openness.

The regulation lays down the objectives of the programme, and will include the budget for the period 2021–2027, the ways in which the programme is funded and the rules on how the funding is provided. It is the Union’s flagship programme to support R&I from concept to market uptake, and complements national and regional funding.

The programme will be based on three complementary and interconnected pillars… read more