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06 Dec 2018

LERU publishes "To-do List" for EU institutions for Horizon Europe

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has issued a paper in reaction to the Partial General Approach on Horizon Europe agreed on by the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2018 and the adoption of MEP Ehler's and MEP Nica's reports on Horizon Europe in the European Parliament's (EP) ITRE Committee. In light of the upcoming EP plenary vote on the two reports and the upcoming trilogue negotiations between the EP and Council, LERU in its paper lists its main concerns for Horizon Europe : timing, budget, widening participation, association and third country participation, global challenges, SMEs and the EIC, and budget division, which LERU has formulated as a "to-do list" for the EU institutions.

These are some examples of LERU's to-dos: With regard to timing, LERU hopes that a joint position of EP and Council (even if not formally adopted) will be reached before the European elections in May 2019. As for funding, LERU reiterates its own and other research institutions' call for a doubling of the Horizon Europe budget currently proposed. Widening participation measures are considered important, but should not change the "nature of the FP", but should rather all be included in the separate funding stream "Strengthening the European Research Area". LERU is strongly against changing the evaluation criteria for the ERC. LERU stresses the importance of including SSH more strongly in the programme; it is also against splitting clusters in Pillar II. It is in favour of enlarging the envisaged EIC Pathfinder's transition activities. 

To read the full LERU paper on Horizon Europe, click here.

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