MEUSAC Core Group on Horizon  Europe

The European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached in March and April 2019 a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.

Today, MEUSAC’s Core Group meeting discussed the Commission’s proposal.

Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Edward Zammit Lewis, said that these funds are essential for competitivity, in a world that is changing rapidly. He said that SMEs need help to acknowledge the fact that at the end of the day, investment in innovation will pay them in future.

Parliamentary Secretary for European funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia spoke about the Maltese Government’s priority of working to see Malta benefit from EU funding programmes, including R&I.

In this regard, he said that the Government is working on two initiatives for this sector: in January a unit comprising experts who aim to assist in funds of this sort, will be set up. A platform will also be created for SMEs to make use of these kind of funds more.

A presentation was given by a representative from the Maltese Council for Science and Technology (MCST), currently tasked with managing Horizon 2020 funds in Malta.

Click here to read about the proposal and what shaped it.

The presentation outlining Horizon Europe in 23 languages is available here.

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