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19 Jul 2018

Germany presents Position Paper on Horizon Europe Proposal

On 18 July 2018, the Federal Government of Germany published its position on the Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe. According to the paper, the principle of excellence, the focus on transnationality and a clear orientation to providing European added value must be the guiding principles in all parts of Horizon Europe. The paper also summarises the German government's key demands for the negotiations on the next Framework Programme.

First of all, Germany calls for an active role for the Members States in the strategic planning process and in the implementation of Horizon Europe. Regarding the structure of the programme, the German government would like to divide "Inclusive and secure societies" into two separate clusters, and proposes to remove "Mobility" from "Climate, Energy and Mobility" and create a separate dedicated cluster.

The paper also calls for separate funding for key enabling technologies as an additional area of intervention with its own budget. Germany calls for the European Innovation Council to be developed in a way which is complementary to Member State-driven initiatives and welcomes the introduction of the "EIC Accelerator".

The German Position Paper can be downloaded here.

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