• DIGITALEUROPE welcomes call for ambitious investment in Research & Innovation

    4 July 2017The High Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes, led by Pascal Lamy, published yesterday their report “LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European Future we want”.

    DIGITALEUROPE members have been active and enthusiastic participants to the previous Framework Programmes, including Horizon 2020. The digital industry clearly sees the added value of EU funding for research & innovation. Benefits include the development, diffusion and application of new knowledge, building momentum for global standards and early access to future markets. They have also led to the creation of innovation ecosystems of large industry, SMEs, research institutes and academia across European borders.

    We thus especially welcome the first recommendation by the report to double the overall budget allocated to next Framework Programme as the best investment the European Union can make today. This investment is necessary to alleviate the problem of oversubscription experienced in the current Programme but also to push member states to increase their national funding. We continue to ask member states to follow their 2010 commitment and invest 3% of their GDP in research & innovation.

    Digitisation in all areas is one of the key challenges to be addressed by European Union. The next Framework Programme will play a part in making the digital transformation of the European economy and society a success – requiring the engagement and investment by the EU institutions and member states alike. DIGITALEUROPE is gladly contributing to the definition of FP9 and sees this report as a crucial step in the process towards a Programme that drives innovation and continues to bring together the most talented researchers and innovators in Europe.

    Read the High Level Group report on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes

    See DIGITALEUROPE’s recommendations for the 9th Framework Programme 


    For more information, please contact:  


    Annika Eberstein
    Policy Manager

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