VCI welcomes the EU Commission’s proposal for the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9)

New Horizon for Industry

07. June 2018 | Pressemitteilung

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The VCI welcomes the EU Commission's proposal for the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe” ++ The role of the industry was especially emphasized within it ++ Momentum for competitiveness of economy ++ Planned introduction of a European innovation council supports innovative companies.

Within the longterm "EU Budget for the Future", the 9th framework programme for research and innovation will mean an investment of 97.6 billion Euro. In the view of VCI, "Horizon Europe" gives momentum for more vigorous innovation in industry and thus for securing the competitiveness of Europe. - Photo: © EU / Lukasz Kobus
Within the longterm "EU Budget for the Future", the 9th framework programme for research and innovation will mean an investment of 97.6 billion Euro. In the view of VCI, "Horizon Europe" gives momentum for more vigorous innovation in industry and thus for securing the competitiveness of Europe. - Photo: © EU / Lukasz Kobus

The EU Commission presented today its proposal for the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe” – where industry and key technologies are given a central role in solving global challenges like climate change, the fight against poverty and disease, nutrition, environmental protection and resource conservation.

Gerd Romanowski - Photo:
Gerd Romanowski - Photo: © VCI/René Spalek

The German chemical industry association VCI endorses this approach. Gerd Romanowski (VCI executive director for science, technical and environmental affairs): “Horizon Europe gives momentum for more vigorous innovation in industry and thus for securing the competitiveness of Europe. We urgently need this proverbial tailwind. Today, especially Asia is massively catching up with research-intensive products and technologies and highly dynamic innovation processes.”

Romanowski is also positive about the planned introduction of a European innovation council, as the new council is intended to support innovative companies in a targeted manner and open up further growth perspectives for them.

However, the innovative strength of “Horizon Europe” might be diminished if the EU Commission is overly rigid in the regulation of open access to scientific data and information. In view of rising competitive pressure, the VCI rejects such considerations. Romanowski emphasises: “That could result in less participation from industry and weaken the impact of Horizon Europe on innovation.”

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