Horizon Europe State of Play
The European Commission presented its proposal on Horizon Europe, the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, on 7 June 2018. The Bulgarian Presidency launched the negotiations on Horizon Europe in Council still in June 2018. The Austrian Presidency took over at the beginning of July 2018 and is planning to advance the negotiations as far as possible by December 2018.
The Framework Programme package consists of several legislative documents. The most important of these documents is the Horizon Europe Regulation, setting out the structure, objectives and main features of the Framework Programme for the years 2021 to 2027. Unlike its predecessors, the Horizon Europe Regulation will include the rules for participation and dissemination. In addition, all the details regarding the content and the implementation of the programme are laid down within a Specific Programme. Further documents in the field of research fall under the remit of the EURATOM Treaty. The publication of the Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its Strategic Innovation Agenda has been envisaged for the end of 2018.
The main objective of the Austrian Presidency is to advance the negotiations on the Horizon Europe Package as far as possible, taking into account the views of all Member States.
Horizon Europe is being negotiated in Brussels, while at the same time a dozen expert conferences dealing with the new Framework Programme are taking place as Presidency events in Austria.