On 30 August, the Members of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held a debate on their draft opinion on the Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe.
As previously reported, the Commission published in June a proposal for a regulation establishing the ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), which has been named “Horizon Europe” and will cover the period 2021-2027. The European Commission foresees financing for Horizon Europe to the tune of €97.6 billion, up from the roughly €80 billion for Horizon 2020.
The Council and the Parliament have started to define their respective positions on the proposal. While the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) is responsible for the file, the ENVI Committee will also provide an opinion.
Against this background, a draft position was drafted by the ITRE and published mid-July on:
The rapporteur, Christian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, Romania) welcomed the continuation of the grants as the main funding model for Horizon Europe as well as the targetedchanges which he believes will help the European Union to create a better environment for decisive innovation. In particular, he welcomed the creation of the European Innovation Council and of missions.
The opinion of the ENVI Committee will feed into the final Parliament’s position drafted by the ITRE Committee.