Agreement on Horizon 2020 endorsed
On 17 July the Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed the agreement on the 'Horizon 2020' programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020. The agreement paves the way for the formal adoption of the 'Horizon 2020' legislative package by the European Parliament and the Council through a vote in the coming months. Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation.