EP plenary: Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s endorsement of key proposals under the EU’s next long-term budget
Yesterday, the European Parliament endorsed key Commission proposals for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027. The Commission welcomes the adoption of the Parliament’s negotiating positions on the EU Space Programme and the Digital Europe Programme, which will now open the way for the negotiations between the co-legislators to begin. In June 2018, the Commission proposed a €16 billion EU Space Programme to boost EU space leadership beyond 2020 in areas such as the Galileo satellite navigation and the Copernicus Earth observation systems, but also the development of new security-related components. The Commission’s proposal aims to foster a strong and innovative space industry, maintain the EU’s autonomous, reliable and cost-effective access to space and ensure a simplified system of governance. Building on the Digital Single Market strategy, launched in May 2015, and its achievements over the past years, the Commission proposed in June 2018 to create the first ever Digital Europe Programme and invest €9.2 billion in tomorrow’s digital technologies. The Digital Europe Programme will focus on concrete areas such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, digital skills, cyber security and digital transformation. These votes by the Parliament complement the recent adoption of the Council’s negotiating positions. The Commission now calls on the co-legislators to maintain this momentum and ensure a swift start and completion of the negotiations.
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