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“Horizon 2020 is a strategic investment for member state”

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The Eurostars programme will be included in the EU research flagship Horizon 2020, which is in turn part of the European multiannual financial framework 2014-2020. Its budget, including the EU contribution to Eurostars, is currently under discussion by the European Institutions: the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament – each defending slightly different visions of the future of European innovation.

Eurodiputy, Catherine Trautmann, said that "At the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry Research and Energy (ITRE), of which I am a member, there is a large consensus across nationalities and political parties on the fact that the current budget for Horizon 2020 is insufficient, and in spite of important political pressures we have made this message clear to the member states. More than ever today we have to invest in competences, in education, research and in innovation, in order to generate employment. This is the main reason why we need the financial means to complete Horizon 2020.

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