Czech Republic, Finland and Lithuania publish Input Papers for FP9
The Czech Republic, Finland and Lithuania have presented their national positions on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the next EU Framework Programme.
From the point of view of the Czech Republic, it is very important that the Framework Programme focuses primarily on topics the addressing of which will bring significant pan-European added value. FP9 should support excellence and promote cooperation. The programme should be open and inclusive. It should lead to building top-class capacities and strengthening their competitiveness. In the end, the 9th EU Framework Programme should substantially contribute to development of the European knowledge society and facilitate the further development of the European economy, in order to increase the standard of living and wellbeing of European citizens and citizens of cooperating countries.
Finland's position paper presents preliminary views on some guiding principles and general aspects of the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Finland's key issues are emphasising European added value, multilateral cooperation, and impact, in order to promote
sustainable economic growth, the creation of jobs, competitiveness and wellbeing. FP9 should comply with the principles of high quality and open competition without Member State or other quotas or regional criteria. It should maintain a balance between research and innovation and promote openness in research and innovation. Furthermore, FP9 should develop and support the emergence of innovation ecosystems, and enable and support cooperation among companies of all sizes, higher education institutions, research institutes and public sector agencies. Administrative procedures should be further simplified including the viewpoint of participants.
The position paper of Lithuania proposes to retain the three-pillar structure. More attention should be paid to open, scientific and bottom-up initiatives pursued on the principle of collaboration and cooperation. Proper room for a bottom-up approach within the R&D&I agenda, agreed on with a wide range of stakeholders, would generate new scientific knowledge and scale up the market-oriented innovation capacity. Lithuania states that the number of initiatives should not increase in Horizon 2020 and in FP9. The EU research and innovation landscape is regarded as being already relatively complicated, and more new initiatives may lead to duplication and fragmentation. Horizon 2020 and the next framework programme should be synergetic with other EU policy areas, especially cohesion policy. The possibilities to seek interactions with ESIF should be fully explored, and solutions need to be agreed upon.
The full papers can be downloeded here:TOP