Despite the difficult circumstances we are currently experiencing, the European Council manage to find an agreement on an exceptional budget last July. The settlement reduced part of the proposed budget for Horizon Europe (HE) to help the EU in the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
HE will be a key instrument to ensure the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050. Therefore, to ensure the right budget is granted, Solar Heat Europe joined other associations in a letter to the Commissioner for Research & Innovation.
The letter stresses how Horizon Europe is a vital instrument to cement the EU’s recovery long-term and embed it in the transition to climate neutrality by 2050 – rightfully a key policy priority of the EU. HE, and in particular the Cluster Climate, Energy and Mobility, should receive even a higher budget to ensure we are on track for our 2050 goals. Furthermore, it must prioritise funding for those technologies that will deliver on the EU’s energy & climate targets.
A letter on the same topic was also sent to the Germany Presidency.