Open Letter on Horizon Europe: signatories urge EC for more Budget Transparency
28 June 2022 | From UNICA - From partners
UNICA joins the EuroTech Alliance and other organisations as signatories to the Open Letter addressed to Mariya Gabriel – European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and Jean-Eric Paquet – Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, urging the European Commission to increase the transparency of budget allocation and implementation concerning the Horizon Europe programme.
The signatories value and welcome “the European Commission proposal for a budget increase in Horizon Europe” for the following year, something that showcases the acknowledgement of the impact the program has but also recognizes “the importance of research and innovation in solving societal issues in the EU and globally.”
To achieve that, the signatories propose “adding an additional set of indicators to the Horizon Europe Dashboard, which can help to assess in real-time, how much of the Horizon Europe budget has already been committed to which initiative and how much has been paid”. As advocates of this proposal, signatories also believe such indicators would “provide visibility as to the commitments targeting the original Horizon Europe objectives or objectives outside of the programme”.
Auropa – The Guild – UAS4EUROPE – A4U – UNICA – EuroTech Universities – UAB – UAM – UC3M – UPF
About Horizon Europe – The EU’s key funding programme for Research and Innovation
As part of every Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU comes forward with programmes linked to certain priorities. Following the success and lessons from Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the current programme comes forward with a new name and a revised set of priorities.
Horizon Europe (2021-2027) focus will be covering 3 areas:
Science and Technology – to fuel EU’s scientific and technological excellence and to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA),
Society – to tackle policy priorities, including green and digital transitions and Sustainable Development Goals,
Economy – to boost Europe’s innovation uptake, competitiveness and jobs.
To achieve that, Horizon Europe is expected to follow three Key Impact Pathways as shown below: