06 / 12 / 2019
In the context of the making of the future Horizon Europe’s Model Grant Agreement (MGA) and following the European Commission (EC) proposal to move from hourly rate to daily rates for the calculation of personnel costs in Horizon Europe (incl. day-equivalent option), EARTO expressed its concerns regarding this specific EC proposal in a position paper published earlier this week.
Indeed, the calculation of personnel costs based on daily rates proposed by the EC instead of hourly rates would be a major change that would not reflect the reality of many FP beneficiaries (like RTOs but not only) and is not in line with their Usual Cost Accounting Practices.
Hoping for EARTO Members’ support in further circulating this position to their Member States (MS) in the view of next Monday discussion between MS and EC.
Please note that our concerns gained support from our colleagues of EUA and DIGITALEUROPE who expressed similar concerns and positions this week, both calling as well for the continuity with the personnel costs’ methods and options of H2020 rules as the best form of simplification.