22 / 02 / 2018
EARTO Calls on the European Institutions to Secure an Increased RD&I Budget at the Level of Europe’s Ambitions
We are at a decisive moment for the future of Europe. With the ongoing discussions on the next European Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), European Leaders and Policy Makers have now the chance to define Europe’s Future, a Europe delivering on our key challenges of today and anticipating those of tomorrow. Our global context has changed and turned technological capabilities into THE decisive strategic factor and strength of our economies. However, RD&I intensity is much lower in Europe than in other countries like the US, China, Japan or South Korea. As European Commission President Juncker underlined that “the EU needs a budget that matches its ambitions and meets future challenges”. It is now time for action!
EARTO strongly calls on European Leaders and Policy Makers to:
Only then, will we be able to design a strong EU cross-border collaborative RD&I Framework Programme post 2020 and promote a competitive RD&I ecosystem strengthening European Industries’ capacities to further absorb and scale up the technologies matured into new solutions, maximising impact for society. Such priorities will need to be reflected in the future EU RD&I Framework Programme’s total budget, structure, and internal budget allocation.
EARTO and its members are ready to further support Members States and the European Commission in the elaboration of what will be the key EU policy of the future, the EU RD&I policy and FP9.