Next Framework Programme
The current (8th) EU RTD Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, will run until the end of 2020. Discussions and preparations for the next (9th) Framework Programme, most likely to cover the period 2021 – 2027 have already begun. In this chapter we will provide information on the discussions and preparation on the next Framework Programme both in Austria and across Europe.
Article 182 TFEU foresees that the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament (EP) adopt, upon a proposal from the European Commission (EC), a multiannual Framework Programme to cover all activities of the EU in the area of Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD). Since 2007, the RTD Framework Programmes have had a duration of 7 years to cover the full period of the multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU. The current Framework Programme Horizon 2020 will expire on 31 December 2020. A new Framework Programme (FP9) is therefore due to start on 1 January 2021.
The legislative process is expected to be formally launched by the European Commission (EC) by means of a formal proposal in the first semester of 2018. The Council and the European Parliament (EP) will then, on the basis of the EC proposal, need to find an agreement on FP9, following the ordinary legislative procedure (Co-decision). In order to enable a smooth start, the new programme should be finally adopted by autumn 2020 at the latest. In parallel, the Council and the EP will negotiate the next MFF, which will determine the size of the RTD Programme. Also in parallel, the new Cohesion Programmes will be negotiated, which will be of significance for the FP9 negotiations as well.
The Commission is currently starting its considerations and planning for FP9:
- A High level group will work on the “Future Orientations” of the FP until summer 2017,
- the Horizon 2020 midterm review will be carried out in 2017 and
- other foresight processes and studies will contribute to this preparatory work.
It is therefore necessary for the Member States to start making up their minds, in order to provide timely input into the planning process.
For Austria, the preparations for FP9 are of particular importance, since Austria will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2018. Considering the circumstances (EP elections in May 2019, change of EC in Oktober/November 2019) the second semester is expected to be a crucial phase for the FP9 negotiations.