28 Sep 2022
EARTO calls for support for R&I Budget in 2023 budget negotiations
EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations is calling for defending the EU RD&I budget in the upcoming negotiations for the 2023 budget between the Council and the European Parliament. The European Commission has proposed a €12.3 billon budget for Horizon Europe in 2023, with a top-off of €1.8 billon from the NextGenEU recovery fund. As part of the institutional negotiations, the Council presented its position with a cut of €663 million for Horizon Europe, to be negotiated with the European Parliament. In its press release, EARTO thanks the European Parliament for its recurrent support to RD&I in each annual budget negotiation.
Among the reasons given by EARTO for defending the R&I budget are the role R&I played in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine which requires technological solutions to be found quickly for many industrial sectors to become more energy efficient in their operations. With the Green Deal being one of Horizon Europe top priorities, EARTO claims that the Council position to reduce Horizon Europe’s budget is "simply not justifiable and will be completely counterproductive in today’s geopolitical and economic situation". If Member States are serious about implementing the ERA, EARTO states, then the "EU RD&I budget should not become a recurrent adjusting factor in the current MFF’s yearly budget negotiations", but should rather be ring-fenced for the rest of the MFF to ensure stability for Horizon Europe.
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