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  6. FSFE provides input to EU's 80 billion EUR R and D funding program
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  11. FSFE provides input to EU's 80 billion EUR R and D funding program
  12. </h1>
  13. <p>
  14. The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals for its
  15. next framework program. Called Horizon 2020, this program will provide
  16. 80 billion EUR for research and development projects from 2014 to
  17. 2020. Prior to finalisation of the proposal, FSFE had provided
  18. <a href="/news/2011/news-20111128-02.html">input</a>
  19. to the Commission in order to make the program accessible for Free
  20. Software research and projects. Our input also aims at making the
  21. results of publicly funded research available as widely as possible.
  22. </p>
  23. <p> As Free Software space is dominated by SMEs and individuals we are
  24. happy to see that the program is intended to lower the administrate
  25. burden of participating, which is quite substantial under the current
  26. FP7 framework program. </p>
  27. <p> The biggest goal of FSFE'S contribution was to help the EC
  28. maximise the social value Europeans obtain from the Horizon 2020
  29. program, which is funded out of the taxes they have paid. The
  30. Commission proposal states this as an objective, but does not provide
  31. much clarity on how this is going to be achieved. FSFE maintains that
  32. for results consisting in software, Free Software licenses should be
  33. mandatory or at least strongly encouraged. This is not only a question
  34. of fairness towards the European taxpayer, but also a matter of
  35. economic efficiency and a way to encourage further innovation in the
  36. future. </p>
  37. <p> Much of the actual effect of the Horizon 2020 program will depend
  38. on the further evolution of the Commission's proposal, and on the way
  39. the program itself will be implemented. FSFE will continue to engage
  40. with the European institutions in order to support the development of
  41. <a href="/news/2011/news-20111128-02.html">Horizon 2020</a> in
  42. the interest of Europe's citizens.
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  49. <tag key="european-commission">European Commission</tag>
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