On 15 May 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented a proposal to add € 100 million to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ in 2019. This proposal follows up on the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the EU's 2019 budget. The agreement was reached on 4 December 2018. As part of that agreement, it was decided to add a further €100 million to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + in the spring of 2019, once it is possible to reprogramme unspent money from previous years. The EC's proposal is now making the corresponding proposal. Following the €100 million increase proposed today, the total budget for research and for student mobility in 2019 will together reach €15.2 billion euro. Out of the proposed additional €100 million, €80 million will go to climate-related research under Horizon 2020. The money will contribute to the target of devoting 35% of the Horizon 2020 budget to climate-related research.
The remaining €20 million will support the education and training programme Erasmus+. This additional money will also contribute to building up European Universities. By 2021, the EU wants to set up 12 European Universities which will allow students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities in the EU and beyond.
The EC's proposal will now need to obtain the approval of the European Parliament and of the Council.
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