On 29 September the Competitiveness Council reached an agreement (in a general approach) on the Horizon Europe legislative package.
Member States evenly reduced the budget of the different parts of Horizon Europe. At the same time, they preserved the budget allocated for actions that support the less R&I intensive States. As an exception to the cut, Member States –along with Hungary- decided to allocate 200 million EUR from the European Innovation Council (EIC) to support the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions. The general approach paves the way to the last rounds of negotiations with the European Parliament and makes possible to finish the negotiations on Horizon Europe by the end of this year. Like this, calls for proposals could start without delay in 2021.