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Horizon 2020: EC proposal published today

Date: 2011-11-30

The EC published today its proposal for the next Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The documents emphasis the important of communication and dissmination aspects:

"Horizon 2020 will therefore include, under all of its specific objectives, dedicated support to dissemination (including through open access to research results), communication and dialogue actions, with a strong emphasis on communicating results to end-users, citizens, civil society organisations, industry and policy makers."

Communication is also recognised in the societal challenge "Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and maritime research and the bio-economy" as indicated page 59 of the Specific Programme

"The impact and dissemination of research results will be actively supported through specific actions on communication, knowledge exchange and the involvement of various actors all along the projects. Implementation will combine a wide range of activities, including substantial demonstration and pilot activities. Easy and open access to research results and best practices will be fostered, where appropriate via databases".

The discussion on the EC proposal will now start and the programme should be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament before the end of 2012.