Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF): what the future EU budget in the field of strategic public infrastructure should focus on
The EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) has a central role to play in implementing a progressive, forward-looking industrial strategy that supports sustainable growth, innovation and investment in Europe. As the Commission invites stakeholder input on the MFF post-2020, and on EU funding of strategic public infrastructure in particular, Orgalime welcomes the opportunity to communicate our priorities for the way forward.
Europe is changing rapidly: digitisation, decarbonisation and, in the energy sphere, decentralisation are fundamentally transforming the way we produce, use and consume resources – from energy to water, chemicals and raw materials. European firms are merging the power of digital and data with their long-standing manufacturing strengths, opening up entirely new possibilities in innovation and sustainable growth. This has the potential to deliver lasting benefits for citizens, provided we can put in place a framework that enables and supports these changes.
This is why we believe that EU financing tools should prioritise the modernisation of essential high-tech infrastructures and the development of business ecosystems that strengthen Europe’s leadership in the Industrial Internet and related technologies. In addition to maintaining and further developing the industrial pillar of Framework Programme 9, it will be essential to invest in high-tech infrastructures in order to bring the benefits of the digital, energy and circular economy transitions to Europe’s citizens.
Download the position paper to read our recommendations on funding priorities for energy, transport and digital/broadband infrastructures. You can read our detailed response to the Commission's public consultation in the second document for download.
Director - Energy, Climate & Environment
Adviser - Energy