Mariya Gabriel: EU has the most ambitious R&I programme in the world

Horizon Europe should be a reference for the recovery plans, supporting innovative twin digital and green transitions

Photo: EU Mariya Gabriel.

During a videoconference of the EU science ministers, organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, responsible for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, announced the launch of Horizon Europe, the €95bn EU 7-year R&I programme. The event was chaired by the Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor. 

Horizon Europe has increased by 30% in comparison to the previous programme, making it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said.

She underlined that the importance of research and innovation to shape Europe's future is unquestionable in its various dimensions one of which is to enable turning of new ideas in concrete innovations by big and small entrepreneurs, improving the collective prosperity.

The Commissioner also outlined that Horizon Europe should be a reference for the recovery plans, to support an innovative twin digital and green transitions.

Pointing to the three pillars of the programme, Commissioner Gabriel said that the first of them, on ‘Excellent Science’, includes the European Research Council for -frontier research, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions strengthening researchers mobility and the objective of develop world-class research infrastructures.

The pillar addressing Global challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness will support investments in strategic domains from “Health”, “Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society”, to Energy, Mobility and Agriculture, she explained.

Mainly in this pillar Horizon Europe focus the support to European partnerships. Partnerships are also an important instruments to align priorities and investments at national and EU level.

I hope that we can advance during the Portuguese Presidency in order to close what remains in the legislative process to have the new, rationalised, partnerships landscape fully ready to start, Commissioner Gabriel emphasised.

“The third pillar addresses breakthrough and market-creating innovations. The European Innovation Council will support start-ups alongside the European innovation ecosystems and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It will play a key role in implementing my vision for a new European Innovation Area,” the Commissioner made clear.

She stated that important crosscutting component of the programme will support the Widening of Participation and Strengthening the Europe Research Area, ensuring that excellent science is spread in all countries, and that the necessary reforms are made with Member States to help them achieve their transitions.

Proposing to look at Horizon Europe in the wider policy framework of a New European Research Area, Commissioner Gabriel recalled for the suggested Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe.

“The Pact to be defined together as a voluntary initiative. A Pact that should lead to the strengthening of cooperation and aligning regional, national and European investments,” she restated.

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