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Proposal on new framework programme for research funding launched
'Horizon 2020' focuses on smart, green and integrated transport research

On 30 November 2011, European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn launched the European Commission's proposed new framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, called Horizon 2020. The proposal is now up for discussion in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers and is expected to be adopted by the end of 2013.

The Horizon 2020 proposal revolves around three main aims: excellent science, competitive industries, and responding to societal challenges. In line with these broad goals, the transport section supports innovative research that focuses on such themes as reducing CO2 emissions for all transport modes, reducing congestion and developing smarter and safer mobility for people and freight. Advances in areas like these are not only required to tackle some urgent transport related challenges that citizens are facing, they are also expected to help maintain Europe's global leadership in the transport industry.

You will find all details of the proposal on the Horizon 2020 websiteexternal link. The details of the specific part on "smart, green and integrated transport" can be found from page 65 of the Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the Specific Programme implementing Horizon 2020external link.