The EU Council's Competitiveness Council (COMPET) met on 28 and 29 November and agreed a partial general approach on Annex IV of the Horizon Europe Regulation, which addresses synergies between Horizon Europe and other EU programmes
The synergies are based on complementarity between programme objectives and design as well as on the compatibility of financial rules and processes.
The Horizon Europe strategic planning process will also ensure the alignment of priorities under the different Union programmes and ensure coherent funding options at all stages of the research and innovation cycle. The proposed missions and partnerships will also benefit from synergies with other Union funding programmes and policies.
Annex IV explicitly addresses Horizon Europe synergies with the following programmes:
- European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF);
- European Maritime and Fisheries fund (EMFF);
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
- European Social Fund Plus (ESF+);
- Connecting Europe Facility (CEF);
- Digital Europe Programme (DEP);
- Single Market Programme;
- LIFE Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE);
- European Space Programme;
- Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI);
- Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III);
- Internal Security Fund;
- InvestEU fund;
- Innovation Fund under the Emission Trading Scheme (the 'Innovation Fund');
- Euratom Research and Training Programme; and
- European Defence Fund.
During the session, the Council also agreed those 'recitals' of the Regulation establishing Horizon Europe, which had not yet been finalised.
These arrangements will enable the Council to begin negotiations with the European Parliament with a view to adopting the regulation once an agreement has been reached on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).