The role of R&I in the EU Recovery Plan and beyond

On June 10, Knowledge4Innovation hosted a virtual debate on the role that R&I will play in rebuilding the European economy and preparing Europe for a twin digital and green transition.. 

The event was hosted by Maria da Graça Carvalho, chair of the K4I Forum. Our guest speaker was Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission and contributions and reflections were provided by Servaas Duterloo, Delft University of Technology and MEPs Lina Gálvez Muñoz and Victor Negrescu, members of the K4I Forum. 

Mr. Paquet stressed the importance of coordination between strategies and investments when it comes to the digital and green transitions. Partnerships and Missions under Horizon Europe will play a crucial role for the implementation of Europe’s policy objectives, and as Jean-Eric Paquet said, “R&I and Horizon Europe is very much innovation and research-curiosity driven, by switching portfolios of groundbreaking research it would be possible to achieve many great solutions.”. He underlined that in the deployment of research outcomes across the Recovery Package and future MFF, the first few years ahead will be critical. Mr. Paquet showed himself very optimistic that the impact will be highly beneficial for the Union as a whole, as long as European leaders make a quick and bold decision so that the Recovery Package is up and running as soon as possible. 

Mr. Duterloo stressed the relevance of synergies between the new EU industrial strategy, Horizon Europe and the Recovery Plan. Mr. Negrescu, underlined the importance of the cohesion and coordination between Member States and that the priorities should enhance the competitive role of the EU in the global scene.

Overall, the session looked into some of the most relevant issues in the EU political agenda concerning R&I. The panelists recognised the centrality of R&I in building the EU’s resilience, as well as the need for better coordination and synergies among programmes in order to ensure Europe’s digital and green competitiveness.  

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