EARTO calls for higher budget for Horizon Europe
In a press release on 4 May 2018, EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations, commented on the European Commission's proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-27 with regard to the budget for research. While acknowledging the increase of 27% in the Framework Programme budget in current prices, EARTO points out that, assuming an inflation of 2% per year, the €97.6 billion figure falls to €86.6 billion in 2018 prices, which would mean an increase of only 12%. The association states that it is difficult at this point in time to make proper comparisons with the figures currently available.
EARTO stresses that it is still strongly supporting a significantly increased budget for Research & Innovation under the next MFF, quoting the OECD and an EC Report which showed that investing in RD&I makes a difference through enhancing productivity, boosting industrial competitiveness, solving societal challenges, maximising impact on citizens’ everyday lives. EARTO therefore calls on Member States and the European Parliament (EP) to ensure that investing in RD&I truly is a key priority for Europe’s future, and urges the EP to stand strong on its €120 billion figure and the Member States to be more ambitious towards spending 3% of EU GDP on RD&I during the coming negotiation period.
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