The final vote has taken place in the European Parliament in favour of Horizon 2020 and has been welcomed by Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD.
“This vote allows for Horizon 2020 to begin on time in 2014. This €79bn programme presents tremendous opportunities for Irish researchers and companies and has many new features and includes an increased focus and support for SMEs,” he said.
“We need to be ambitious in ensuring that we maximise our drawdown of productive, job creating funds. Irish researchers and industry can win over €1bn from this fund.
The vote today by the European Parliament is a victory for co-decision between the Council, comprising the member states, and the European Parliament. I would like to congratulate the European Parliament rapporteurs who negotiated on Horizon 2020.”
The European Commission also welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of Horizon 2020.
“This is a vote of confidence in the power of EU research and innovation funding,” said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation and science.
“It paves the way for more investment in knowledge and competitiveness in Europe. The European Parliament’s support for and input to Horizon 2020 has been very important.”