The recent Competitiveness Council of 20-21 February showed thatmany EU member states joined the Danish position. Denmark statedthat social sciences and humanities are indispensable, particularlywith regards to the ‘grand societal problems’.
Coalition of the willing
Therefore, a coalition of member states put on the record in thecouncil conclusions that they want “to secure a prominent positionfor social sciences and humanities within the programme [Horizon2020] and to make the programme more attractive for SMEs.”
Following the Council’s negotiations, President and DanishMinister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education
In the court
Now, the ball is in the court of the European Commission again.Director-general Robert-Jan Smits (DG Research), who
The Danish Presidency aims at forging a common Council’s opinionby May 2012, in order to pave the way for timely approval byCouncil and European Parliament. Horizon 2020 is supposed tosucceed the EU’s 7th research framework programme (FP7)in 2013.