EWGIC POSITION PAPER: “EU RECOVERY NEEDS INNOVATION”

EWGIC - European Working Group of Innovation Consultants supports the stance of the European Parliament to the EC budget that it needs to be transformed to a more future-oriented approach.


EWGIC is now calling the European Parliament to ensure that the Horizon Europe will get back at least to the original proposal made by EC in 2018. We need to ensure that R&I can actually contribute to our continent recovery and allow research to go out of labs and convert into true European solutions and products.

The Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 is undergoing intense negotiations within the European Institutions. Horizon Europe’s budget has been decreased by 5 billion euros, straying away from the European Commission’s initial ambitious plan. The European Council and Parliament (EP) have just a few months left to complete their negotiations.

EWGIC, the European Working Group of Innovation Consultants, welcomes the European Council’s agreement on the MFF and the Next Generation EU budgets, but regrets the treatment of European research and innovation funding especially related to Horizon Europe.

EWGIC supports Parliament’s stance that the Council’s budget deal needs to be transformed to a more future-oriented approach. We are now calling the European Parliament to ensure Horizon Europe will get back at least to the original proposal that the EC made in 2018 of 83.5 B€ (2018 prices). So that R&I can actually contribute to our continent recovery and allow for the development of added-value products and solutions developed in Europe.