Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe
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