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R&I strategic for Europe, worth the increased support. EERA comments on the EC Communication for a Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27

04/05/2018

EERA welcomes the importance given to research & innovation in the European Commission

proposal for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 published on May 2. As the

largest energy research community in Europe, we are pleased that the strategic role of R&I for tackling

common challenges and supporting Europe´s competitiveness on a global scale is clearly acknowledged. We

are also happy to see that support to R&I is not confined in one programme only but cuts across a number of

policy areas, making R&I at the top of the political agenda.

 

We are pleased that this is reflected in an increased budget support for Horizon Europe, the next EU

Framework Programme for R&I – one of the few budget lines to get increase. The

proposed €100 billion is a good step forward. However, we believe that a more ambitious budget

(considering also the effect of inflation) would be needed to support a programme in line with the

expectations and the recognized added value that R&I can give to Europe. We therefore call the European

Parliament and the Member States for further increase the budget for the new programme, including

a substantial increase in the support for research in energy – this is essential to meet the challenges of

climate change and decarbonisation, identified as key priorities by the Commission.

 

In this respect, as research pillar of the EU Integrated SET-Plan, EERA strongly supports the call of the

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament for an increase, in

the new framework programme, by at least 50% of the current H2020 funding to energy research. As

outlined in the ITRE Motion for a Resolution of January 2018, this is necessary to ensure adequate support to

the EU’s energy transition and the effective implementation of the Energy Union.

 

EERA share the Commission´s view that “Europe’s future prosperity depends on the investment decisions

we take today”. We are keen to support the EU institutions in shaping this future through our contribution in

energy research.