Horizon Europe will be the next framework programme for research and innovation in the EU covering the period between 2021-2027. The main aims of the programme are to strengthen science and technology, to foster industrial competitiveness and to implement the sustainable development goals in the EU.
On June 7 2018, the European Commission proposed the Horizon Europe package intended to cover the 2021-2027 long-term research and innovation programme for Europe. The proposed budget for this ninth framework programme (FP9) was that of €94.1 billion (in current prices)
The Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee in the European Parliament presented a draft report on the proposal on July 13, 2018. The report was endorsed by the ITRE committee on November 21, 2018. On December 12, 2018, the plenary adopted amendments to the proposal, based on the report presented by the ITRE Committee and provided the mandate to enter into trialogue negotiations with the Council. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the co-legislators on Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for the next budget period from 2021 to 2027 on 17 April 2019.
In the Council, a progress report on the reading of the proposal was published in September 2018. On November 30, 2018 the Council adopted a partial general approach on the proposal. This position does not cover certain aspects of the proposal (such as the budget for Horizon Europe) since the Council intends to wait until an agreement is reached on the MFF for 2021-2027. The Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on 20 March 2019.
Trialogue negotiations on the framework programme between the Parliament and Council started on January 9, 2019. A partial agreement was reached on March 19. The agreed text was adopted by plenary at first reading on April 17, 2019. Horizon Europe’s budgetary aspects are subject to the overall agreement on the EU’s next long-term budget, proposed by the Commission in May 2018. Synergies with other future EU programmes and policies are still being discussed. Provisions on international association agreements are also subject to further discussions.
Parliament and Council are expected to return to the file in the current term. The Commission will now start preparing Horizon Europe’s implementation in order to have the first draft work programmes published in time for the programme’s launch on January 1, 2021.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology will be responsible for the programme’s implementation.