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Horizon Europe: Framework programme for research and innovation 2021–2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Wilson (3rd edition, updated on 2.7.2021),

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In June 2018, the European Commission proposed a total budget allocation of €100 billion to finance science, research and innovation projects during the 2021-2027 period, of which the vast majority, €94.1 billion in current prices, would be allocated to the Horizon Europe framework programme. The main aims are to strengthen science and technology, to foster industrial competiveness, and to implement the sustainable development goals in the EU. Horizon Europe introduces new features such as the European Innovation Council, missions to promote research results, and new forms of partnerships. Horizon Europe also aims at reducing administrative burdens and promoting the concept of open science. More operational synergies are expected through better linkage with other EU programmes.

In March 2019, Parliament and Council reached a partial agreement on most aspects of Horizon Europe. However, the financial aspects were only settled in December 2020 as part of the broader MFF negotiations, together with the sensitive issue of third-country association. The final text was adopted in April 2021 and entered into force retroactively from 1 January 2021.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing Horizon Europe – the framework programme for research and innovation, laying down its rules for participation and dissemination
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2018) 435
Rapporteur: Dan Nica (S&D, Romania) 2018/0224 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Christian Ehler (EPP, Germany)
Martina Dlabajová (Renew, Czechia)
Elena Lizzi (I&D, Italy)
Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czechia)
Giorgios Georgios (The Left, Cyprus)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2021/695
OJ L170, 12.5.2021, pp. 1-68

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