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Horizon Europe – Specific programme: Implementing the framework programme [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Cemal Karakas (2nd edition, updated on 7.6.2019),

Strichfiguren / Strichmännchen: Experiment, Wissenschaft. (Nr. 81)

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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 would introduce new features such as the European Innovation Council, missions to promote research results, and new forms of partnerships. While the proposal for the framework programme sets out the general and specific objective of Horizon Europe as well as the structure and the broad lines of the activities to be carried out, the specific programme aims to define the operational objectives and activities, especially for missions, the European Research Council, the European Innovation Council, work programmes, and the committee procedure. In April 2019, after several trilogue meetings, Parliament and Council reached a partial agreement, covering the specific programme’s content. It does not however address budgetary issues, pending negotiations on the EU’s overall 2021-2027 long-term budget. Parliament thus adopted its first-reading position on 17 April 2019, and it is expected that further trilogue negotiations will take place in the new term.


Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2018) 436
Rapporteur: Christian Ehler (EPP, Germany) 2018/0225 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D, Spain)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czech Republic)
Lieve Wierinck (ALDE, Belgium)
Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected:

Relaunch of trilogue negotiations


One thought on “Horizon Europe – Specific programme: Implementing the framework programme [EU Legislation in Progress]

  1. More details about Horizon Europe and its novelties compared to Horizon 2020 in the article “Horizon Europe: introducing the EU’s new framework programme” (

    We also made a brief presentation about it:


    Posted by Ema Pavlović | April 27, 2020, 17:40

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