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draft European Partnerships provision in the Commission proposal for Horizon Europe

On 7 June 2018 the Commission adopted its proposal for the new framework programme, called Horizon Europe, which will become operational from January 2021 onwards. While the overall policy for the new framework programme was ‘evolution and no revolution’, the part on ‘European partnerships’ differs significantly compared to Horizon 2020.

For the first time, an overall policy approach for all kinds of partnerships, from ERA-NETs to JTIs, FET Flagships and even the EIT/KICs has been developed and uniformly labelled ‘European partnerships’.

The proposal distinguishes between three types of European partnerships:

  1. co-programmed partnerships between the EU, Member States/ Associated Countries, and/or other stakeholders, based on Memoranda of Understanding or contractual arrangements with partners (cPPP model);
  2. co-funded partnerships with a blending (more or less centralised) of EU and national public and/or other R&I funding sources (current ERA-NETs, EJP, FET Flagships model);
  3. institutionalised partnerships (based on Art. 185 or 187 TFEU, and EIT regulation for KICs).

Download the draft Provisions related to European Partnerships in the Commission proposal for the Horizon Europe regulation.