Industry and RTOs call for ambitious Horizon Europe to support EU competitiveness

16 September 2019

In spring 2019 the European Parliamen...

In spring 2019 the European Parliament and Council of the EU reached a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme. This has now been endorsed by the Parliament, while the Council is yet to give the final green light against the background of ongoing negotiations on the EU budget or Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

Orgalim is a strong supporter of the EU funding for research, development and innovation (R&D&I). We firmly believe that by focusing on funding for applied industrial research, these programmes can make a long-term investment in the future of Europe that will underpin broader goals of employment, economic prosperity and finding solutions to urgent societal challenges.

This is why we have joined 92 other European industry associations and research and technology organisations (RTOs) to issue a joint statement that urges the EU institutions to make Horizon Europe a priority within the next MFF. Representing key stakeholders in the EU R&D&I environment, the group is making the following asks:

- The Council should endorse raising the budget allocation for Horizon Europe to at least €120 billion: this would ensure the programme can deliver on its promise to boost growth, employment and competitiveness, give Europe a leading edge in global tech development, and accelerate innovation and adoption in the technologies that will power our future

- A share of at least 60% of the total Horizon Europe budget should be allocated to its ‘Pillar II – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness’: as the truly collaborative part of Horizon Europe, this pillar will promote greater flow of knowledge between public research and industry – joining forces at EU level to better meet today’s challenges

As representatives of the industry, research and technology organisations at the forefront of innovation in Europe, the 93 signatories have a clear message: “We are fully convinced that Europe has the potential to lead the global innovation race and to remain a model of economic and social prosperity. For that, Europe needs to strongly invest in pan-European collaborative RD&I.”

Click to download the statement in full – and you can read more on Orgalim’s work on R&D&I here and our 16 recommendations for the future EU framework programme here.

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