FSC and other NGOs have been fighting for more than a year for a fairer and greener program for Horizon 2020, the research and innovation framework program of the European Commission.
See here the Open Letter to the European Commission concerning the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding (2014-2020), sent by more than 100 organizations of researchers and from civil society : Open Letter on the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding
If NGOs are not able to change the broad guidelines of the program – competitiveness, growth and almost unconditional support for European industries – we complained aloud (especially through an open letter in 2011), and we tried all the same, with the support of some members of the European parliament, to introduce some themes – the participation of civil society in research, access to scientific results (Open access ), organic farming and agro -ecology, the question of conflict of interest, the question of access to medical care, etc. .
The informal group of NGOs that we coordinated co-organized an event in the European Parliament on 7 June 2012. More than one hundred people (including a dozen MEPs) participated to this event that was hosted by MEPs from several groups. Below you will find the program and our document with argued questions, which we have submitted to MEPs .
In June and July 2012, we also submitted 72 amendments to the three parts of the program – Regulation of the program, Rules for Participation, Specific program ( = thematic Priorities). It’s a bit stodgy … Several MEPs have taken over our proposals or parts of them. Negotiations continue in September and October and we will continue to mobilise.
Here you will find the latest documents of FSC on our work around Horizon 2020.