‘The challenge of the coronavirus pandemic added urgency to our long-standing endeavours to better use research and innovation to tackle health emergencies, climate change and digital transformation.’
The European Commission has proposed the setting up of 10 European Partnerships with the aim of speeding up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe. The Partnerships will be between the European Union (EU), Member States and/or industry. The EU will provide almost €10 billion in funding that partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment.
The ten specific Partnerships proposed by the Commission include global health where work will be done to deliver ‘new solutions for reducing the burden of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and strengthen research capacities to prepare and respond to re-emerging infectious disease across the world.’ It is hoped that by 2030 this Partnership will have developed and deployed at least two technologies tackling infectious disease, and support at least 100 research institutes in 30 countries to develop additional health technologies against re-emerging epidemics.
A Circular Bio-based Europe Partnership will contribute to paving the way to climate neutrality by 2050 and increasing the sustainability and circularity of production and consumption systems, in line with the European Green Deal. The Clean Hydrogen Partnership will accelerate the development and deployment of a European value chain for clean hydrogen technologies.
Other Partnerships cover aviation and transport, metrology and key digital technologies. The European Partnerships are approaches provided by Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme 2021-2027.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Youth said; ‘The challenge of the coronavirus pandemic added urgency to our long-standing endeavours to better use research and innovation to tackle health emergencies, climate change and digital transformation.’