Statement by Androulla Vassiliou on Horizon 2020
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
On 21 November 2013, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, made a statement on Horizon 2020. The European Commission welcomed on the same day the European Parliament's adoption of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion current prices. Equivalent in 2011 prices: €70 bn euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. It is also one of only very few programmes in the next EU budget to see a strong increase in funding – a nearly 30 per cent jump in real terms over the current Seventh Framework Programme. EU Member States must now give their final seal of approval ahead of the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, currently set for 11th December 2013.
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|| Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, (in ENGLISH): I am delighted that the European Parliament has approved Horizon 2020 package. This is great news for European research and innovation. Horizon 2020 includes two areas under my responsibility: the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Marie Skłodowska Curie actions. Let me start with the EIT. The Parliament has voted for a substantial increase in the budget for the EIT to 2.7 billion Euros for the next 7 years. This sends a clear message about our commitment to innovation and investing in education and research to nurses the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. I am convinced that the EIT and its knowledge and the innovation communities will make a major contribution to how Europe addressees the economic, social and environmental challenge it faces. We are investing in a new approach to innovation and the change of mindset towards a more entrepreneurial culture in which we can build the right ecosystems to boost innovation. The budget increase decided by the Parliament means the EIT will move up to a whole new level. We will build on the success of our three existing kicks and create five new ones. In 2014 we will launch kicks for healthy leaving and active ageing and raw materials. A call for proposals will be launched soon. In 2016 we will add two more, food for the future and added value manufacturing. The fifth kick for urban mobility will come on stream in 2018. The EIT will be able to spread its innovative approach across the whole of Europe. I strongly encourage everyone involved in innovation in Europe, whoever they are. Businesses small or large, universities or research centres, entrepreneurs or national and local authorities to take advantages that EIT can offers. Now is time to join the EIT revolution. The vote is also very good news for the future of Marie Sklodowska Curie actions which will have a budget of more that 6 billion Euros in the next 7 years. This will allow us to support more than 65.000 researchers. Our Marie Curie researchers and PHD candidates make a vital contribution to science and innovation in Europe. They work in many disciplines from health projects to human sciences and blue skies research. We are building on a great success story. Since the launch of Marie Curie actions in 1996 we have supported 75.000 researchers of nearly 130 different nationalities. With Horizon 2020 we will continue to ensure that Europe attracts and promotes the most talented scientists and entrepreneurs what is key if we want to compete in the world stage.