European Parliament vote on the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon Europe gives much needed impulses
The VCI welcomes the strengthening of science, research and innovation coming along with EU's 9th research framework programme “Horizon Europe". VCI is also positive about the planned introduction of a European Innovation Council.
The German chemical industry association VCI welcomes that the European Parliament wants to strengthen science, research and innovation – with the well-funded new research framework programme “Horizon Europe”.
Gerd Romanowski, the VCI’s executive director for technical and environmental affairs, comments: “Europe should make more consistent use of its innovation potential. Horizon Europe can give much needed impulses to safeguard competitiveness. Without research and innovation, we will not be able to hold our own in international competition on a permanent basis.”
Romanowski is positive about the planned introduction of a European Innovation Council (EIC) which is to give targeted support to innovative companies, with a special focus on startups and small and medium-sized enterprises. He also appreciates the intention to involve industry in future “research and innovation missions”. Their objective is to provide the necessary political and financial backing for strategically important areas of research.
Furthermore, the VCI is glad that the EU Parliament wants to work for -innovation-friendly law-making by assessing the impacts of new legislation on innovations. Under the “innovation principle”, it should be examined in what way new rules impact new products, methods and processes and whether new technologies are discriminated against compared to existing ones.
The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of around 1,700 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media.The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2018 the German chemical industry realised sales of over 204 billion euros and employed ca. 462,000 staff.