06/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/29/2020 16:04
Today, high-level independent experts proposed potential EU missions: bold goals to be achieved within a set timeframe aimed at tackling some of our greatest global challenges. These challenges include cancer, adaptation to climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food. Until September, people across Europe will be consulted on the proposals for potential EU missions to make sure that they are relevant for them and make a real difference.
The five possible missions proposed by the Mission Boards, the independent experts advising the European Commission, are:
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:'Missions will be crucial for the transformation of Europe into a greener, healthier, more resilient continent for all. Since September last year, the five Mission Boards have been working closely together with citizens to shape these ambitious missions. I am looking forward to hearing fellow Europeans' views on these proposals, to ensure they capture their vision and meet their expectations.'
A number of online citizen engagement events will take place over the summer to further listen to the priorities of Europeans and gather their ideas. This will ensure that the proposed missions are aligned with their needs.
The Mission Boards will hand over their final recommendations to the Commission at the 'European Research & Innovation Days ' (22-24 September 2020). The Commission will announce its selected missions at the end of 2020. The missions will launch in 2021 as part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.
Partly inspired by the Apollo programme to put a man on the moon, EU missions are a commitment to solve major societal challenges like fighting cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting our oceans, living in greener cities and ensuring soil health and food. Each EU mission will have a specific timeframe and budget according to their degree of challenge. They will go beyond research and innovation, and will spark innovation across sectors to deliver effective solutions. The final missions will play a crucial role in achieving EU priorities such as the European Green Deal and Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. At global level, missions will be a major contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
For each of the five challenges, the Commission has appointed a Mission Board consisting of up to 15 high-level independent experts to provide advice on the contents and design of specific missions. A selection process ensured that the Boards are composed of first-rate and highly motivated experts from a wide range of backgrounds, including academics, innovators, civil society, industry, finance and end-users. The Mission Boards are chaired by the following individuals: