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Research & Innovation

Supporting the evolution of the EU R&D policy and funding framework, allowing to increase the scale and impact of the EU investment in research on wine, adapted to the unique experimentation and technological needs and the specific structure of the EU wine sector, and contributing to reinforce the sustainable competitiveness of the EU wine sector and its world leadership in viti-viniculture

CEEV objectives

  • We support an evolution of the EU R&D policy and funding framework, allowing to increase the scale and impact of EU research investment on wine, adapted to the unique experimentation and technological needs and the specific structure of the EU wine sector – which is widely dispersed geographically, extremely atomized and dominated by a large number of small structures – and contributing to reinforce the sustainable competitiveness of the EU wine sector and its world leadership in viti-viniculture innovation
  • The EU wine sector needs an EU funding framework on R&D that is specific to wine in order to bring it closer to the EU wine policy objectives, increase the scale and impact of research investment, improve the level of coordination and integration, and raise the technological content of industrial activity. Within this framework, we advocate for the creation and funding of an EU wine research platform to produce structured long-term R+D+I priorities for the EU wine sector that should work on:
    • Defining a strategic road map for the next 15 years;
    • Creating a network of excellence bringing together the scientific and professional communities;
    • Fostering the participation of wine SMEs in research projects;
    • Promoting the effective dissemination of results of research within the wine sector.

Policy Developments

The EU established a new policy framework called Horizon 2020, which is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget, this new EU programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create growth and jobs in Europe. It provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation-related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Horizon 2020 will be complemented by additional measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area by 2014. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Also, the EC proposals for the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) envisage additional investment in research and innovation in agriculture, intended to support relevant research projects and the quicker transfer of positive results from the laboratory to the field, amplifying the efforts put into agronomic research and innovation.

Policy background

The multiannual "Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development" (FPs) are the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe. The latest one is FP-7 (2007-2013), designed to respond to Europe's needs in terms of employment, competitiveness and quality of life, and it includes agriculture and food.