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26 Jun 2018

EARTO publishes recommendations and analysis of Horizon Europe and Digital Europe proposals

EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations, has published its analysis and a list of recommendations for the European Commission's (EC) proposals for the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programmes.

In principle, EARTO and its members welcome both proposals. They see Horizon Europe as being in continuity with Horizon 2020 and building on the successes of the previous Framework Programmes (FPs). As for Digital Europe, EARTO particularly welcomes the High Performance Computing part.

With regard to Horizon Europe, EARTO makes the following recommendations:

  • Scale-up Horizon Europe’s overall budget to at least €120bn;

  • Reinforce excellent cross-border multi-disciplinary collaborative applied RD&I by strengthening the budget share of HEU Pillar II to 60% of the total HEU budget;

  • Promote European Industries’ competitiveness as key objective for HEU, especially in the clusters of Pillar II;

  • Strengthen and secure the role of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) under Pillar II by ring-fencing their budget;

  • Support the continuity of public private partnerships, as efficient instruments for excellent industry-led collaborative research in Europe;

  • Preserve continuity in FPs’ rules for participation, while continuing the efforts towards simplification;

  • Foster a more balanced approach between Open Science and Intellectual Property (IP)’s policies;

  • Welcome the EIC Pathfinder instrument;

  • Welcome the efforts undertaken to foster the synergy of funds between programmes.

EARTO has also made a detailed analysis of the EC's proposal for the Regulation establishing Horizon Europe and its Rules for Participation.

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