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Press release - EU transport budget to be maintained at €7.69bn

European transport research actors call for the Horizon 2020 budget for “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” to be maintained at the €7.69bn level proposed by the European Commission.

European transport research actors call for the Horizon 2020 budget for “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” to be maintained at the €7.69bn level proposed by the European Commission.

PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, 17 December 2012 - European associations representing industry, research providers, academia, infrastructure, operators and users in the road, rail, air and waterborne transport sectors today combine their voices to call for an appropriate budget share for transport research in the future Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Transport is the backbone of the European economy, being fundamental to the four freedoms of the European Union, and underpins social interaction and development throughout the Member States. Research in mobility and transport therefore represents a prerequisite for European progress as well as a key contributor to meeting future societal, environmental and economic challenges. European transport research actors therefore regret the recent vote in the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee to reduce the budget share of Horizon 2020 dedicated to “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” by approximately 20%.

We call on the European Parliament and the EU Member States to aim for an agreement on Horizon 2020 which maintains the share of the Horizon 2020 budget for Transport at €7.69 billion. At the same time we call on EU Member States to agree to maintain the European Commission’s proposed budget for Horizon 2020 in the Multi-Annual Financial Framework - €80 billion over seven years. 

Organisations supporting this press release

ACEM - The Motorcycle Industry in Europe www.acem.eu

ASD – AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe www.asd-europe.org

CER – The Community of European Railways www.cer.be

CLEPA – European Association of Automotive Suppliers www.clepa.eu

EAPA - European Asphalt Pavement Association www.eapa.org

EARPA - European Automotive Research Partners Association www.earpa.eu

ECSA - Ships & Maritime Equipment Association www.ecsa.eu

ECTRI – European Conference of Transport Research Institutes www.ectri.org

EREA - Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics www.erea.org

ERF – European Union Road Federation www.erf.be

ERTICO – ITS Europe www.ertico.com

ERTRAC – European Road Transport Research Advisory Council www.ertrac.org

EUCAR – European Council for Automotive R&D www.eucar.be

EURNEX - the European rail Research Network of Excellence www.EURNEX.net

FEHRL – Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories www.fehrl.org

UIC – International Union of Railways www.uic.org

UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers

UNIFE – The European Rail Industry www.unife.org

POLIS - European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions SEA Europe - Ships & Maritime Equipment Association www.seaeurope.eu

www.polisnetwork.eu

WATERBORNE Technology Platform www.waterborne-tp.org 

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