EUA welcomes EU 2016 budget deal
The EUA (European University Association) has welcomed the EU 2016 budget deal as an "overall positive outcome for universities". The agreement on the 2016 budget was concluded between the European Parliament and the European Council last week.
The EUA points out that the funds for Horizon 2020 - which together with Erasmus+ is the most important EU funding programme for universities - will remain stable in 2016, with 9.54 billion euro in commitments, while the overall budget is slightly lower than in 2015 (-4.5%). The EP has held a strong position in favour of Horizon 2020, while the Council had originally provided cuts to the budget of the programme.
The EUA also welcomes the fact that the “Societal Challenges” pillar of Horizon 2020, which promotes collaborative research across Europe, is further strengthened compared to 2015, while this particular area of the programme had been targeted by previously proposed cuts. With slight decreases in other pillars of Horizon 2020, the overall programme funds remain stable (in terms of commitments). When considering payments, Horizon 2020 funds are set at 10 billion euros, which represents an increase of 11.6% in comparison to 2015. The EUA points out that Horizon 2020 funds were projected to increase year-on-year between 2014 and 2020, according to the Multiannual Financial Framework, and says that it will continue to monitor the budget developments closely.
The budget for 2016 is due to be formally adopted by the Council and the European Parliament on 24 November and 25 November 2015 respectively.
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