Brussels Daily
07 Jun 2018


Brussels Daily


EU budget: Commission proposes most ambitious Research and Innovation programme yet

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said “Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future. With Horizon Europe, we want to build on this success and continue to make a real difference in the lives of citizens and society as a whole.” Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, added: “We want to increase funding for the European Research Council to strengthen the EU’s global scientific leadership, and reengage citizens by setting ambitious new missions for EU research. We are also proposing a new European Innovation Council to modernise funding for ground-breaking innovation in Europe”. While continuing to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, Horizon Europe will introduce the following main new features: a European Innovation Council (EIC), new EU-wide research and innovation missions, maximising the innovation potential across the EU, more openness, a new generation of European Partnerships and increased collaboration with other EU programmes. More details on the proposal and past successful EU-funded research projects are available here and here.

EU budget: New Single Market programme to empower and protect Europeans

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing a new, dedicated €4 billion programme to empower and protect consumers, promote human, animal and plant health, support Europe’s many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and establish a framework for financing European statistics. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “The Single Market is the beating heart of the EU. In the 25 years of its existence it has brought enormous benefits to EU citizens and businesses. For the Single Market to stay fit for purpose, we need to look after it properly. Today we are proposing a new programme to further increase the positive impact on Europeans”. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, added: “We need to ensure that consumers are able to benefit from their rights. This means providing them with practical advice on consumer issues and removing dangerous products from the market. This is what the new Single Market Programme will achieve. For the first time, we will also fund collective redress procedures, as we announced in the New Deal for Consumers.” Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, VytenisAndriukaitis, added: “I am pleased that the food safety pillar is one of the main beneficiaries of the New Single Market Programme. This is the recognition of the importance of securing the smooth functioning of the internal market in food products, by preventing and when necessary combating animal and plant diseases that can have major consequences for public health and the EU economy. It allows us to strengthen further our efforts in the areas of animal welfare, food waste and the fight against fraud.”A full press release and a factsheet are available online.

EU trade defence: stronger and more effective rules enter into force

The modernised anti-dumping and anti-subsidy rules will become effective as of tomorrow, 8 June. They will apply to all new investigations initiated on or after this date. The changes enable the EU to impose higher duties in some cases by changing the ‘lesser duty rule’; shorten the investigation period to accelerate the procedure; increase transparency and predictability of the system for EU firms; and reflect the high environmental and social standards applied in the EU. They conclude a major overhaul of the EU’s trade defence instruments, including also a new anti-dumping methodology put in place in December of last year. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The EU believes in open and fair trade but we are not naïve free traders. We have shown our teeth when we had to by adopting anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures. And now we have new and improved trade defence rules in our arsenal to face down some of today’s challenges in global trade. Make no mistake – we will do whatever it takes to defend European producers and workers when others distort the market or don’t play by the rules.” Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “Finally, this long-awaited reform can be rolled out and put into action. European companies have been looking for a modern set of rules. I am very confident that this provides us with the necessary tools to efficiently defend our industries from unfair trade practices. We believe in open, rules-based trade. Now, we are better equipped to stand up for our companies if other countries don’t stick to the rules.” Together with the new anti-dumping methodology, already in force, this is the first major overhaul of the EU’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy instruments in 15 years. It is the result of almost five years of work, including broad consultations with multiple stakeholders and negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council. For more information a press release, a factsheet and a guide for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are available online.

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