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The European Commission and the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council will host the launch event for Horizon Europe on 2 February 2021.

Horizon Europe is the EU’s most ambitious Research and Innovation (R&I) framework programme ever and the largest transnational programme of its kind worldwide. This innovative programme provides new instruments, such as the European Innovation Council, Research Missions and Partnerships to boost the EU R&I landscape. The renewed European Research Area and the launch of Horizon Europe serve as unique opportunity to reaffirm the 3% EU GDP research and development investment target for 2030 and to recall the need to support all Member States in articulating research and innovation funding and conducting the necessary reforms.

Horizon Europe through its powerful measures and new levels of synergies with other EU programmes and instruments will pave the way out of the current crisis towards a fair, green and resilient future to everyone.

Main Topics for discussion:

  • Mobilising in synergy Horizon Europe and Next Generation EU together with national public and private investments for promoting green and digital transitions across all EU regions in the renewed European Research Area (ERA).
  • Preparing a resilient recovery through a renewed, cohesive and inclusive European Research Area (ERA).

Who? Speakers (among others) will include Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal; Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for partnerships Horizon Europe; Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chair of the EIC Advisory Board; Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board.