The inaugural conference devoted to the launch of the “Horizon Europe, 2021-27” programme took place at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 2, 2021. Organized by the Portuguese EU Council Presidency in conjunction with the European Commission, the online event brought together speakers from all over Europe and included interventions by researchers, business leaders and political and government officials with the aim of mobilizing the whole Europe for the programme and its articulation with national programmes of recovery and resilience, in preparation under the “Next Generation EU, 2021-27” programme.
During the event, ideas for promoting the double green and digital transition across Europe were particularly presented and discussed, in association with a resilient recovery through a renewed European Research Area – ERA. The dynamic forum agenda included five sessions entitled: “Mobilizing 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 context of a renewed European Research Area (ERA)”, “Mobilizing Horizon Europe and ‘Next Generation EU’ together with national public and private investments for a healthy and resilient future”, “Mobilizing Horizon Europe and ‘Next Generation EU’ together with national public and private investments for an inclusive and democratic digital society”.
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, with its 95.5 billion euro budget. This innovative programme provides new instruments, such as the European Innovation Council, Research Missions and Partnerships to boost the EU R&I landscape. It establishes a target of at least 35% of expenditure for climate objectives as well as reinforces the EU’s commitment to facilitate R&I collaborative links in Europe and sets up a broader policy for the association of third countries to the programme in order to increase a global R&I cooperation. Horizon Europe – as its predecessor Horizon 2020 – is firmly anchored in excellence with a deep commitment towards fundamental science.
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