European Parliament boosts support for EU research, Erasmus

On Wednesday, MEPs approved a EUR 100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes and youth mobility programme (Erasmus+).

MEPs approved, by 614 votes in favour, 69 against and 10 abstentions, a EUR 100 million boost to the EU’s flagship programmes Horizon 2020 (EUR 80 mn for research funding) and Erasmus+ (EUR 20 mn for youth mobility), as decided by the European Parliament and the Council in their agreement on the 2019 EU budget in December 2018.

In another vote, they agreed by 601 votes in favour, 40 against and 12 abstentions to return a EUR 1.8 billion budget reflow from 2018 to EU member states through a decrease in the countries' contributions to the EU budget. This is an annual exercise, the surplus usually stemming from default interest and fines received by the Commission, as well as under-implementation of EU programmes, the EP said in a press release.

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