Parliament rejects budget reductions for 2016
By Ingemar Pongratz
The discussion for the 2016 EU budget is ongoing. The European Council presented a budget suggestion that would involve among other measures considerable reductions in the European Research and Innovation Scheme Horizon 2020. This reduction would further reduce the available Horizon 2020 which already has been reduced to provide funds to the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI).
The budget cut would have been made by reducing the financial commitments to fund projects and in addition to reduce the funds available for financing EU projects.
These suggestions attracted considerable opposition from different European Stakeholders, such as the League for European Research Universities (LERU) and the answer from the European Parliament came a few days ago.
The Parliament not only opposes the suggestions from the European Council, in fact the Parliament suggest that the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation scheme should see its budget increased and the reductions from the transfer of Horizon 2020 funds to the European Fund for Strategic Investment should reversed and the Horizon 2020 budget should be restored.
Other areas where the European Parliament opposes the Council budget suggestions include areas such as funding for Migration, increased support for measures to support Youth Employment, increased support for COSME to support EU SME and other measures where the European Parliament suggest that the budget for 2016 should be increased, not reduced as the European Council has suggested.
Taken together there is a large gap between the Council and the Parliament. The field is set for interesting developments and discussion in the future months
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