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

Brussels 17 December 2012 – European associations representing industry research providers academia infrastructure operators and users in the road rail air and waterborne transport sectors 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.


Contact the supporting organisations
EUCAR – European Council for Automotive R&D 
EARPA – European Automotive Research Partners Association    
CLEPA – European Association of Automotive Suppliers   
FEHRL – Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories 
ECTRI – European Conference of Transport Research Institutes
WATERBORNE Technology Platform
ERTRAC – European Road Transport Research Advisory Council
EURNEX – the European rail Research Network of Excellence
CER – The Community of European Railways 
UIC – International Union of Railways 
UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers  
UNIFE – The European Rail Industry 
ECSA – Ships & Maritime Equipment Association
SEA Europe – Ships & Maritime Equipment Association
POLIS – European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions
EAPA – European Asphalt Pavement Association
ACEM – The Motorcycle Industry in Europe  
EREA – the association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics 
ASD – AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
ERF – European Union Road Federation   

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Original Publication Date: Tue 18 Dec 2012