On the occasion of today’s publication of the Commission proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework after 2020, EPP member of the European Parliament Dr. Christian Ehler congratulates the Commission for the €100 billion allocated to research and innovation: “The Multiannual Financial Framework provides the basis for our political priorities in the coming years. Today’s €100 billion proposal to research and innovation sends the right signal to the research community and to Member States on the importance of this sector to Europe’s economy. With the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU, there will be a considerable funding gap in addition to the current and new challenges ahead. With this proposal the Commission shows its commitment to research and innovation as part of the solution to tackling these challenges.”

“This figure is the result of lengthy discussions and our very good cooperation with Commissioner Moedas and Commissioner Oettinger. I would like to thank both Commissioners and congratulate them for their commitment.”

“The upcoming discussions on the next MFF will be the opportunity to prepare the ground for a stronger Europe. The European Parliament will fight to increase the figure for research and innovation to €120 billion. This is the level we need for securing Europe’s global competitiveness, technological and industrial leadership, for responding to societal challenges, and for helping to achieve the EU’s climate goals. The EU budget should clearly support the Member States innovation targets and in this respect, I would like to underline my support to President Macron’s innovation agenda. Research and innovation funded at European level will ensure Europe’s global success.”

“I would like to also call on the research community and Member States to back up the Parliament’s upcoming proposal and the adoption of the new MFF before the end of this legislative term. The late adoption of the previous MFF in 2013 has led to delays in programs, the repercussions of which are still felt today. That cannot be repeated. The European Parliament is ready to immediately begin political negotiations with the Council and the Commission to finalize the MFF until the European elections in late May 2019.”