The representative of the Eastern Cluster ICT – the coordinator of the CLUSGRID project took part in the panel of experts during the conference entitled “European Structural and Investment Funds and centrally managed programs by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 and COSME together with financial instruments”. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Investment and Development.
On April 5, ministerial officials and external experts discussed what should be done to get Poland to acquire billions of euros for investments from programs managed by Brussels. The leitmotifs were the Horizon 2020 and COSME programs. It was the second meeting devoted to working out solutions that would enable Poland to take more advantage of EU money.
“In the programs managed centrally by the European Commission, the potential of Polish scientific and research institutions, small and medium enterprises and other sectors is still not fully used. Hence, efforts to increase the use of such sources of financing by Polish beneficiaries – said Paweł Chorąży, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Investment and Development. ”
We have got used to thinking about EU funds in terms of national operational programs. In practice, however, within the reach of Polish entities there is also money in programs managed directly by Brussels:
- Horizon 2020 (research and innovation, around EUR 80 billion),
- COSME (investments of small and medium-sized enterprises 2.3 billion),
- LIFE (environmental protection, around EUR 3.4 billion),
- ERASMUS + (foreign studies, internships and volunteering, about EUR 14.7 billion),
In turn, under the Connecting Europe Facility (the most important investments in transport, telecommunications and energy in the EU), almost EUR 30 billion is available.