European Commission published its Horizon Europe proposal
On 7 June 2018, the European Commission presented the proposal for a regulation on the next Framework Programme on Research and Innovation ‘Horizon Europe’ (FP9). From a total of around € 100 billion, it devotes € 40 billion to areas of interest for the forest-based sector.

As a next step, Members States and the European Parliament will amend and finally agree on the proposal prior its final adoption. Managing Director of FTP, Johan Elvnert: “If the proposed budget for Horizon Europe survives the EU decision-making process, a 50% increase of R&I funding opportunities for the forest-based sector can be expected compared to the current Framework Programme, Horizon 2020”.


Regarding the procedure in the Parliament, ITRE Committee will be leading the file. The first draft report will be finalized before summer break. MEPs may then leave amendments to the draft report before the Committee vote. The Rapporteur of ITRE Committee is MEP Dan Nica (S&D/RO) and the Shadow Rapporteurs are: MEP Christian Ehler (EPP, DE), MEP Evźen Tošenovskŷ (ECR, CZ), MEP Lieve Wierinck (ALDE, BE), MEP Neoklis Sylikiotis (Nordic Green Left, CY), MEP Jakop Dalunde (Greens, SE), MEP Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, IT), and MEP Barbara Kappel (ENF, AT).


In addition, following Committees will prepare their own opinions on the proposal in order to influence the main report prepared by ITRE: Foreign Affairs, Development, Budget, Environment, Transport and Tourism, Regional Development, Agriculture and Rural Development and Fisheries.


The Commission’s proposal for its next research programme, Horizon Europe, will be running between 2021 and 2027. For further information, please refer to this link.