AENEAS Industry Association together with the undersigned 92 European associations representing key European research & innovation stakeholders, urge in a joint statement, the EU Institutions to make research, development and innovation (RD&I) a priority within the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.
We call on the Council of the EU to raise the budget allocated to the Horizon Europe programme to at least €120 billion (in 2018 prices).
We encourage Member States to support a budget of at least €120 billion (in 2018 prices). This would ensure that Horizon Europe delivers on its promises to boost Europe’s future growth, employment and competitiveness, to secure Europe’s seat amongst the frontrunners of the technological revolution and to develop and scale up the technologies that will power our continent in the 21st century.
EU Members States should allocate a budget share of at least 60% of Horizon Europe’s total budget to its pillar II -Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness. This Horizon Europe pillar is crucial to build long-term trust-based partnerships amongst a wide variety of European RD&I actors, to reduce risk and uncertainty and stimulate business investment in Europe and to join forces at EU level to better face the great challenges of today and deliver on the sustainable development goals.
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.
To read the full joint joint statement, click here