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Industry should play a strong role in the 9th EU Framework Programme

The business contribution to research and innovation, the role EU research and innovation programmes play to leverage private investment, and the importance of a strong 9th EU Framework Programme (FP9) were some of the main topics discussed during a breakfast debate today at the European Parliament in Brussels. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, as well as Paul RĂ¼big, Christian Ehler and Lieve Wierinck, Members of the European Parliament, participated in the discussion on how to best design the FP9 to make it impactful. BusinessEurope’s Director General Markus J. Beyrer stressed that "the EU needs a robust programme with increased budget and a stronger role of the private sector to address societal challenges and Europe’s competitiveness. Putting into question the ‘industrial leadership’ pillar that exists under the current programme (Horizon 2020) is not the right signal for companies and the EU". Beyrer also re-confirmed that companies across Europe are strongly committed to making the FP9 a success. Pictures

Last updated: 24 April 2018