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Next Framework Programme



The current (8th) EU RTD Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, will expire at the end of 2020. Discussions and preparations for the next (9th) Framework Programme are in full swing. Framework Programme 9 will cover the period 2021 – 2027. In this section, ERA Portal Austria provides information on the discussions on, and preparation of, the next Framework Programme, both in Austria and across Europe.

Article 182 TFEU provides 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 during 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 budgetary 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.

For Austria, the preparations for FP9 are of particular importance, since Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2018. Considering the circumstances (EP elections in May 2019, new European Commission in October/November 2019), the second semester of 2018 is expected to be a crucial phase for the FP9 negotiations.

The current timetable is as follows:

  • Commission publication of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal: 2 May 2018
  • Commission publication of the FP9 proposal: Beginning of June 2018

Important cornerstones for the future Research Framework Programme are:

During the Austrian Council Presidency, the following meetings at ministerial level are planned with a view to reaching a Partial General Approach on the FP9 regulation by the end of the Austrian Presidency (current status of planning, subject to changes):

16/17 July 2018: Informal Meeting of Research Ministers (Vienna)

  • First exchange of views on FP9 proposal

28 September 2018: COMPET Council (Research) in Brussels

  • Negotiations on FP9 proposal

30 November 2018: COMPET Council (Research) in Brussels

  • Partial General Approach on FP9 regulation
  • Progress reports on other FP9 package files
  • ERA Council Conclusions
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