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Commission faces questions by MEPs on research issues

MEPs put questions to the commissioners for culture, research and the digital economy on research and development issues, focusing on the Horizon 2020 strategy.

The strategy will run from 2014-2020 and is the EU's new programme for using research and innovation to create jobs and growth.

It will have a budget of €80bn and will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through various different programmes.

The strategy includes a dedicated budget of €24.6m to boost the scientific research primarily through the work of the European Research Council.

UK-based programmes expected to be benefit from Horizon 2020 include research projects in organic farming, stroke treatment, the shipping industry and developing hybrid car engines.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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